Nominations for the Stockman Bank Agriculture Excellence Award are now open.
Scroll down to submit your nomination by November 24, 2021!


The Billings Chamber Agriculture Committee exists to inform and educate the membership and community regarding issues and changes related to agriculture.

Committee Leadership

Committee Chair: Mike Phillips
Senior VP/Commercial/Ag Lender
Little Horn State Bank

Committee Co-Chair: Callie Cooley
Agricultural Extension Agent
Montana State University

Chamber Staff: Jack Jennaway


Committee Meeting Schedule
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. first Friday of each month
*All committee members must be chamber members in good standing.

Committee Focus

  • To INFORM and EDUCATE the membership and community regarding issues and changes related to agriculture.
  • To PROMOTE and attendance-build for annual Agriculture Appreciation Banquet, Ag Tour, and other Ag Committee endeavors.

Interested in connecting with the Agriculture Committee? Join our group on Facebook!

Billings Chamber Ag programming supported by:


KGHL Radio AM790 and 94.7FM

Eide Bailly, US Cattlemen’s Association & Molson Coors


The Billings Chamber Ag Committee annually hosts the Agriculture Appreciation Celebration and the Adventures in Agriculture Annual Ag Tour.  If you’re interested in getting involved in the event or sponsoring it, please email

The Billings Chamber Award for Agriculture Excellence recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Billings agricultural community. Recipients are nominated by their peers for demonstrating excellence in their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and participation in civic, service and community organizations.

The winner is simply critical to one of our area’s top industries. The nominator must showcase the nominees deserving personal qualities, share examples of how his/her work has impacted the Ag industry and indicate the ways the nominee stands out from other exceptional representatives within the industry.

The Billings Chamber Award for Agriculture Excellence has been given out since 2010, and the effort began with the recognition that many outstanding individuals exist within Montana’s number one industry. The Chamber and the Chamber’s Ag Committee worked together to establish this award as a small way to pay tribute to the many individuals who go above and beyond to provide for our region.

Previous winners include:

2010 Butch Bratsky

2011 Taylor Brown

2012 Justin Mills

2013 Dan Downs Family

2014 Darren Miller

2015 Dave Kelsey

2016 Bruce MacIntyre

2017 Steve Lackman

2018 Leroy Gabel

2019 Al McCormick

2020 Karen Yost

Prior to the Chamber and the Chamber Ag Committee establishing this award, Stockman Bank had a long history of selecting an “Agricultural Advocate of the Year” to recognize during the Chamber’s Ag Appreciation Banquet annually.

Nomination deadline is Wednesday, November 24.

Billings Chamber Agriculture Excellence Award Nomination Form

Thank you to our Agricultural Excellence Award Sponsor:

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