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MSU to host agriculture celebration Oct. 25-26

October 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN –Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will host the 15th annual Celebrate Agriculture!! event on campus Oct. 25–26.

Celebrate Agriculture!! offers participants and attendees opportunities to learn about agriculture programs and current research in Montana. Agriculture experts from across Montana will share new information and discuss their latest research. All events are free and open to the public.

“As Montana’s land grant university, MSU has a long heritage of supporting agriculture and we are pleased that Celebrate Agriculture!!highlights relationships that have been fostered between the MSU College of Agriculture and our regional clientele,” said Glenn Duff, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and director of Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.

On Friday, Oct. 25, the economic outlook conference begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Procrastinator Theater in the Strand Union Building. The conference will address the role of cooperatives and timely issues facing Montana agriculture. The conference will host three guest lectures, including keynote speaker Carl Casale, president and CEO of CHS, Inc. CHS is a Fortune 100 business owned by United States agriculture cooperatives, farmers, ranchers and stockholders. The conference provides a forum to share research-based analysis of current agriculture issues in Montana. 

The MSU Ag Fair runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Strand Union Building ballrooms, featuring games, food, interactive booths and live music by the “Unusual Suspects.” Outstanding Ag Leaders for 2013 also will be presented.

From 1:30-2 p.m. there will be a pumpkin-painting event with pumpkins from MSU’s Horticulture Farm. Also Friday in the SUB ballrooms, Duff will be available to chat with attendees from 2:10-3:15 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Celebrate Agriculture!! continues from 10:30 a.m. to noon with a Blue and Gold Breakfast with President Cruzado at the Shroyer Gym. At 2:05 p.m., the MSU football team plays host to University of California, Davis. The Outstanding Ag Leader recognitions will be announced during the game.

For a full list of events and activities, visit http://ag.montana.edu/excellence/agappreciation.htm.

Contact: Susan Fraser, (406) 994-3681, sfraser@montana.edu; and Robin Happel, (406) 994-3681, rhappel@montana.edu.