Montana State University

Agriculture Appreciation Weekend Nov. 5-6

October 29, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University's Agriculture Appreciation Weekend 2010 starts Nov. 5 with a conference exploring agriculture and energy and continues through Saturday's reception at the new Animal Bioscience Building. (Click here for schedule pdf.)

On Friday, "Energy and Agriculture in Montana" will be the focus of a conference hosted by Montana State University Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics. The conference will feature agricultural policy, livestock, grain and energy markets experts addressing current issues facing Montana agricultural producers and rural communities. It will be held in the Procrastinator Theater in the MSU Student Union Building from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Conference registration is $35 and includes a free parking pass if registered by Oct. 15. The first 20 college students are free. For more information and to register visit or contact Keri Hayes at (406) 994-3511 or

From 1-5 p.m. on Friday, the College of Agriculture will be offering tours of the new Animal Bioscience Building. The ABB offers space, technology and tools to prepare animal and range sciences students for careers in animal sciences, wildlife management, natural resource conservation and restoration, research, the equine industry, ranch and range management, land stewardship and more. The 40,000-square-foot ABB offers state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for instruction and research to more than 250 animal science and natural resources/rangeland ecology students. Tours meet in the Lower Commons of the ABB.

Following the energy and agriculture conference at 3:30 p.m., the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics presents Wallace Tyner as the 2010 M.L. Wilson Lecturer. Dr. Tyner is currently the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. His lecture is titled "Alternative Policies and Pathways to our Energy Future."

From 4:45-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 there will be a social in the Strand Union Building's Leigh Lounge to celebrate agriculture, acknowledge the college's donors and recognize this year's Outstanding Ag Leaders. The College of Agriculture gives one or more Outstanding Agricultural Leader awards each year to people who have exhibited outstanding leadership in Montana in public service, as an agricultural producer, industry advocate, agri-business leader, and dean's friend of agriculture. The event is free and tickets are not required. Hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar are provided. Parking is in the pay lot on 8th and Grand.

From 8:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 is the Animal Bioscience Building dedication. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will officially open the new building and take place in a tent west of the building. Speakers will talk about the ABB's impact and value and recognize members of the Ranchers Circle--individuals and businesses that donated at least $10,000 to the building. Tours will take place from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., starting from the lower commons. There is no fee and tickets are not required. Parking will be at the lot located at College and 13th Ave.

The Bobcats take on Weber State at 12:05 p.m. Tickets for the football game can be purchased by calling (406) 994-CATS (ask for the College of Agriculture section). The Outstanding Ag Leaders will be recognized during the game, as well as at Friday's social.

The weekend winds down with the AGR and College of Ag Alumni and Friends Reception at the ABB at 5 p.m. The reception is free and tickets are not required.

For more information about Agriculture Appreciation Weekend, room blocks at local hotels and the schedule check the website: