2016_Ag Banquet_BillingsChamber (2)Record Attendance at the 2016 Chamber Ag Appreciation Banquet!

Members of the Ag community, Chamber members, and special guests packed into MetraPark on Friday the 15th of January. Whether it was for the food, the music, or the incredible lineup of speakers to present the Ag Industry Update, a record number of people attended the Chamber’s Ag Appreciation Banquet to honor Montana’s agricultural community.

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Awareness and appreciation: That’s why the Chamber Ag Appreciation Banquet is hosted every winter.  Agriculture is the region’s number one industry. This banquet offers an evening of fabulous food, entertainment and camaraderie for people in and out of the Ag industry.  It’s about education, admiration and gratitude for the area’s farmers, ranchers, consumers as well as agri-business and agri-business research representatives.  On average, 900 attend this three-hour event.

For any questions about next year’s event please call 245-4111 or email info@BillingsChamber.com. Thanks and we’ll see you there!

 The 2016 Ag Appreciation Banquet was Presented By:


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Thank you to our supporting sponsors: Opportunity Bank, Yellowstone Bank, Little Horn State Bank, KGHL, and Wipfli LLP.

Thank you to our table sponsors:  PayneWest Insurance, First Interstate Bank, NILE Stock Show & Rodeo, Yellowstone County Implement, Sam’s Club, Anderson ZurMuehlen, MSU Billings, Simplot Grower Solutions, Western Security Bank, KTVQ, and Crowley Fleck PLLP.

Thank you to our AV Sponsor: DiA Events.

Congratulations to Dave Kelsey, winner of the 2016 Award for Agricultural Excellence
Dave Kelsey was born and raised in Bridger, MT on an irrigated farm producing sugar beets, corn, malt barley, and alfalfa. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Education. After Marrying Karen Melby in 1975, Dave dave kelseytaught Vocational Agriculture and FFA at Malta High School, then moved to Molt where they operate a dryland farm and ranch, raising small grains, alfalfa and run a cow-calf operation. Dave and Karen have three daughters – Tricia, Heidi, and Melissa; and three grandchildren.

Dave is actively involved in many aspects of community. He is a member and past Moderator of the Molt Congregational Church, served for over 30 years on the Molt Volunteer Fire Department, and is a past-president of the Molt Farmers Elevator Company. He is a member and past chairman of the Southern Agricultural Research Station Advisory Committee and the current chair of the MSU Extension Advisory Committee and the MSU Agricultural Education and Animal and Range Science Advisory Committees at Bozeman. Dave was also a member of the Montana Agricultural Trade Mission to Cuba with Senator Baucus and Representative Rehberg in 2003.

Dave is currently chairman of the Stillwater Range Association, Past State Chairman of Montana Range Days, Inc. and elected to Montana Range Days Hall of Fame. Dave is a member of the Montana Stock Growers and the NILE and in his spare time is a member of the Board of Directors of Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, is the secretary/treasurer of the Montana Council of Cooperatives, member of the NW Public Power Association headquartered in Vancouver, WA and serves on several legislative committees.