Presented by Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative

The Billings Chamber is excited to announce its second annual Ag Celebration Week, presented by Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, focusing on awareness and appreciation of the region’s number one industry, agriculture. This week offers insights into how the agriculture industry affects our daily lives and celebrates the community that works tirelessly to provide us with fabulous food and clothing. It’s about education, admiration and gratitude for the area’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers as well as agri-business and agri-business research representatives.

Learn more about Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative, their commitment to their members and their appreciation for agriculture from CEO and general manager Brandon Wittman.

WELCOME TO AG CELEBRATION WEEK!

JANUARY 24TH-28TH
Learn about the Ag Industry, support local Ag businesses, win amazing prizes,
and engage with the Chamber, all in one fabulous week!

2022 AG APPRECIATION CELEBRATION BANQUET

Awareness and appreciation: That’s why the Chamber is excited to close out the Ag Celebration Week with the Ag Appreciation Celebration Banquet, presented by Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative.

Join us for the first time since 2020 on Friday, January 28th at the MetraPark Pavilion from 5:30-8:00 pm!

AG CELEBRATION WEEK GAME

HERE IS HOW YOU PLAY!
  • Download the game board by CLICKING HERE.
  • Visit any of the participating businesses listed on this page and have them initial your game board.
  • Visit any five businesses and receive one entry.
  • Visit any seven businesses and receive two entries.
  • Visit all the businesses and receive three entries.
  • Take a picture of your game board and email it to info@billingschamber.com by end of business on Monday, January 31st to be entered to win the grand prize for the Ag Celebration Week!

MAYORAL PROCLAMATION OF AG WEEK IN BILLINGS

ANNOUNCING OUR 2021 AG EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENT

Bill Dutcher, retired general manager, MetraPark

Presented by Stockman Bank, this award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Billings agricultural community with a nod to their demonstrated excellence in their involvement in agriculture, leadership ability, and participation in civic, service and community organizations.

Congratulations to all of our previous Ag Excellence Award recipients:

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

2021 Bill Dutcher

ALL ABOUT AG BLOGS

The Movers and Shakers in Ag

Check out this great blog by Callie Cooley, Yellowstone County Agriculture Extension Agent about the Ag Committee as a great place to network, meet local leaders, and learn about what is happening within the local agriculture industry!

How Agriculture Impacts Our Daily Lives

This week is Agriculture Celebration Week in Billings. You will very often hear that Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry, meaning that it makes up the lion’s share of the local Gross Domestic Product (GDP), but it is so much more than that. Agriculture provides the food and fiber we too often take for granted; the farmers and ranchers in rural Yellowstone County and beyond contribute mightily to the urban economy in Billings; and Agriculture, in many ways, serves as the foundation of our local history and culture. Read more about agriculture’s impacts in this blog by Jack Jennaway, Business Advocacy Coordinator.

Bill Dutcher Honored as 2021 Agriculture Excellence Award Recipient

The Billings Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 recipient of the Award for Agriculture Excellence is Bill Dutcher, the recently retired general manager of MetraPark.

With 40 years of commitment to MetraPark, the Billings community, and the agriculture industry, Dutcher truly embodies this award. Read more in this blog by Kelsi Gambill, Communications and Marketing Specialist.

Heartfelt Appreciation for Agriculture

To those farmers, ranchers, suppliers and all who support the agriculture industry in our area: THANK YOU!

In Montana it feels that we are all no more than “one degree of separation” in Montana’s number one industry: agriculture. By “one degree” I mean that you are either directly employed in agriculture, have a close family member or friend in the industry, your business benefits from the industry, or you eat food. Read more in this blog by John Brewer, President/CEO Billings Chamber of Commerce.

EXPERIENCING AG VIDEO SERIES

Follow our Ag Celebration Week activities with host Jess Peterson of Western Skies Strategies and also a Chamber board member, as he guides our awareness this week of this essential industry.

Host Jess Peterson and Roni Baker of Yellowstone County Extension Service they talk about the annual Fourth Grade Ag Education Program at NILE, that teaches youth about agriculture complete with seeing livestock up close! This is the first video in our Experiencing Ag series.
The owners of Western Ranch Supply, Keith, Shayne, and Rob gathered up to talk with host Jess Peterson about the goods and services they provide to the ag community and how they got started.

TUNE IN

You can also tune into KGHL (AM790 and 94.7FM) to hear announcers Nick Tyler, Josh Rath, and Taylor Brown interview Ag Celebration Week committee members, sponsors and more!

Check out the latest interviews:

RESOURCES

Find more resources and information about Montana agriculture:

http://www.montana.edu/culinaryservices/sustainability.html

https://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/AgCensus/2017/Online_Resources/County_Profiles/Montana/cp30111.pdf

https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Montana/Publications/Annual_Statistical_Bulletin/2020/Montana-Annual-Bulletin-2020.pdf