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MSU to celebrate agriculture Oct. 28-29

October 12, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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Bozeman -- Montana State University's College of Agriculture will holds its annual Ag Appreciation Weekend on Oct. 28 and 29 in Bozeman.

Events will include an agriculture outlook seminar, MSU Ag Fair, hot topic presentations, social, pregame breakfast, and recognition of the 2011 Outstanding Ag Leaders, Diana Alkire, Dan Lake, and Richard Owen.

"The 'roots' of Montana State University reside in agricultural teaching and, in time, agricultural research," said Jeff Jacobsen, dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and director of the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. "Agriculture Appreciation Weekend acknowledges the past, present and future engagement in agricultural and natural resources instruction and research. It is a second Homecoming."

On Friday, the conference, "Montana Agriculture in Volatile Times," will be held in conjunction with Agriculture Appreciation Weekend. The conference will be held in the Procrastinator Theater in MSU's Strand Union Building. Faculty from the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will discuss the outlook in small grains, livestock, energy and policy. Conference registration is $20. Call 994-3511 to register. A schedule can be found at http://www.ampc.montana.edu/fallconference.html.

An MSU Ag Fair will be held from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Strand Union Building ballroom. Twenty-two interactive booths will provide fun ways to learn about agriculture at MSU and in Montana. Trent Loos, a Midwestern radio personality, will be the featured speaker at 2 p.m. MSU faculty will present 30 minute mini-lectures on hot topics in agriculture throughout the afternoon.

The M.L. Wilson Lecture will be held in the Procrastinator Theater at 3:30 p.m. Friday. This year's speaker is Michael Gerber, the president and CEO of Farmer Mac, which is a Congressionally created secondary market for agricultural mortgage and rural utilities loans intended to increase the availability of long-term credit at stable interest rates to segments of rural America. The free lecture series brings renowned scholars on economic issues related to Montana.

At 4:30 p.m. Friday will be a social open to all in the SUB Ballrooms to celebrate agriculture, acknowledge the college's donors and the weekend's sponsors and recognize this year's Outstanding Ag Leaders. MSU President Waded Cruzado will begin the program at 5 p.m.

The College of Agriculture gives Outstanding Agricultural Leader awards each year to selected people who have exhibited outstanding leadership in Montana in public service, as an agricultural producer, industry advocate, or agri-business leader as demonstrated, through a formal application and review process. Diana Alkire of Bozeman, Dan Lake of Ronan and Richard Owen of Geraldine have been named Outstanding Ag Leaders for 2011.

A Blue and Gold Breakfast hosted by President Cruzado will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Shroyer Gymnasium. The Bobcats take on Idaho State at 12:05 p.m. The breakfast is free, but please RSVP at www.montana.edu/agbreakfast Tickets and tickets for the football game can be purchased by calling (406) 994-CATS.

For more information about Agriculture Appreciation Weekend and the schedule check the website: http://ag.montana.edu/excellence/agappreciation.htm

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu