Adventures in Agriculture – Annual Ag Tour
This year the Billings Chamber Ag Tour will stay close to home.
Ag Tour 2017 includes stops at Yellowstone Boys & Girls Ranch, the Southern Ag Research Center in Huntley, North40 Ag, MillerCoors Elevator, Billings Live Stock Commission and Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill. Don’t miss out on a fun day of networking and learning about Montana’s #1 industry.
About the businesses you’ll visit on the tour:
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch – Tour guests will eat breakfast in our 160-by-260 Equestrian Arena and watch an EAGALA horse therapy demonstration by YBGR Equine Specialist Vanessa Grossman. Near the breakfast area, educational booths will be displayed that talk about the Yellowstone Academy’s Vocational and Agriculture programs for youth. Guests will also have a chance to meet YBGR’s CEO and other members of the Ranch and Foundation.
The mission of Southern Ag Research Center is “to conduct and promote studies, scientific investigations and experiments relating to agriculture, natural resources and rural life and to diffuse information thereby acquired among the people of Montana”. We are part of the research component of Montana State University-Bozeman. We conduct agronomic research and education programs for agriculture in the dryland and irrigated areas of south central Montana.
North40 Ag promotes agricultural sustainability through the best applications of science and technology in an effort to help you make the best decisions tailored to the success of your farm or ranch operation. North 40 Ag can help producers improve their operation’s efficiency and sustainability by reducing inputs and maximizing profits. We think outside the box of traditional agronomy to make your operation beyond sustainable.
MillerCoors contracts, purchases, processes and ships malt barley for MillerCoors in the United States. The tour includes an opportunity to sample their final product.
Billings Live Stock Commission is home to both cattle and horse sales. This stop will highlight the operations along with their economic impact.
Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill Restaurant and Pub is located on historic Montana Ave. and serves a distinctly Montanan dining & drinking experience. We view our establishment as an opportunity to display to our community the bounty of great ingredients in our state and how truly incredible transformations can happen with those ingredients when they are manufactured in thoughtful and studiously crafted methods. We greatly value the rich agricultural past our state holds and look forward, with great excitement, in helping drive innovation in the future. The tour will focus on the process of making cider – thus, we will detail: sourcing the fruit, storing the fruit, pressing the fruit, fermenting and fining the juice into cider, cellaring, and infusing. Chef Jason will also explain his approach to food and how he sources his products. He has a very home grown approach and has used local vendors since he began cooking; certainly well before ‘local’ was a buzz word. Our motto is simple: ‘We want nothing more than to provide our guests with inspired food and drink coupled with a true feel of community. We are seeking perfection which demands continual education and consistent menu adjustments. Check our menu often to discover what is important to us.’
Friday, May 12th
Meet at the Chamber of Commerce at 7:00 a.m. Buses depart at 7:15 a.m. sharp.
We will return to the Chamber at approximately 6:00 p.m.