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M.L. Wilson Lecture on U.S. energy policy Nov. 5

October 21, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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The future of U.S. energy policy will be the focus of the 2010 M.L. Wilson Lecture. The Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics is pleased to present Wallace Tyner as this year's distinguished lecturer. Tyner is currently the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Over the past 30 years, he has researched the economics of oil, natural gas, coal, biomass, ethanol and solar energy markets. His lecture, titled "Alternative Policies and Pathways to our Energy Future," will be held at 3:30 p.m. in MSU's Procrastinator Theater on Nov. 5. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture series is named for M. L. Wilson, who made significant contributions to Montana agriculture during the early 20th century. Wilson was Montana's first county Extension agent in 1912 and then served as State Extension Agent Leader for eight years. Following his Extension appointments, he was a professor and department head for the Montana State College Department of Agricultural Economics. Wilson left Montana for Washington, D.C., in 1933. In Washington, he served as chief economist in the Agricultural Adjustment Administration and both as Assistant Secretary and Under Secretary of the USDA. Wilson was also active in several foundations that focused on world agricultural issues. This year marks the 125th anniversary of M.L. Wilson's birth.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with Agriculture Appreciation Weekend at MSU. Numerous other public events are planned for the weekend, including the Agriculture and Energy Conference, dedication of the new Animal Bioscience Building and the Celebrating Agriculture Social. For more information on Agriculture Appreciation Weekend please visit For more information about the M.L. Wilson Lecture please contact Keri Hayes at (406) 994-3511 or

Keri Hayes (406) 994-3511 or