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/

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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