The 2017 Ag Appreciation Banquet will be held Friday, January 20 at MetraPark, featuring Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band. The event is presented by Yellowstone Valley Electric Co-op. Tickets may be purchased through the MetraPark Box Office. For more information go to http:// www. Billings chamber. com/events/ ag-appreciation- banquet/

The Chamber Breakfast 2017 with Emmitt Smith is presented by KULR8. It will be held at MetraPark on March 30. Event details to come. Tickets may be purchased at the MetraPark box office.

The Montana Chamber of Commerce will kick off 2017 with the premier business event of the year - Business Days at the Capitol. It’s an opportunity to network with lawmakers and listen to discussions on important business issues. The focus will be on Envision 2026, the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s ten-year strategic plan. The event will begin January 2 at 6 p.m. with the ‘Lawmaker Appreciation Reception & Banquet’ at the Helena Civic Center. On January 3, the day begins at the Helena Great Northern Best Western Premier, with our ‘Eggs and Issues’ breakfast with the legislative leadership. Following this there will be seminars on Infrastructure, Workforce, Entrepreneurship, and Business Climate. The event will conclude with ‘The Last Word’ closing luncheon; keynote speaker will be Attorney General Tim Fox.

Montana State University, in conjunction with the University of Wyoming, will host a malt barley and sugarbeet symposium Jan. 10-11 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings. The first day will focus on barley production, precision agriculture techniques, reducing tilling practices and farming business issues. The keynote speaker will be Wade Malchow, sourcing manager for barley, malt and elevator operations with MillerCoors. The second day will focus on sugarbeet production, with Luther Markwart, executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, as the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Jessica Rupp, MSU assistant professor of plant sciences and plant pathology and Extension plant pathologist specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (406) 994-5572

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