Celebrating the agricultural heritage of the state and university


In honor of the joint agricultural legacy between the state of Montana and the MSU College of Agriculture, MSU held the 18th annual Celebrate Agriculture event. The celebration lasted from Thursday, Nov. 2 until the Bobcat football game on Saturday, Nov. 4. The department dedicated numerous events towards furthering student’s careers, as well as celebrating the achievements already accomplished.


On Thursday evening, the College of Agriculture’s ambassadors hosted a catered career social. Prospective employers from private agricultural businesses, such as Del Monte, CHS and Northwest Farm Credit Services, came for a meet-and-greet with students interested in a number of topics including seeds and equipment, production and land and natural resource management.


Friday began with an economic outlooks conference featuring several MSU faculty speakers from the DAEE. The speakers spoke about topics including farm finances, drought and land valuation, among others.


Also invited to the conference was speaker Paul Jakus, professor in economics at Utah State University. Jakus presented his lecture looking into whether or not states can afford a public land transfer.


Later in the day, MSU’s Collegiate Stockgrower’s hosted a reception following the Outlook conference in the Animal Bioscience Building atrium. A student run club on campus, the Collegiate Stockgrowers work with state associations for better policies in the beef industry. To wrap up a productive Friday, the Department of Agriculture hosted a scholarship dinner honoring all the work that has been done, and presented Dave Oien, of Timeless Seeds Inc., with the 2017 Outstanding Agricultural Leader Award.


Before the Ag Appreciation football game on Saturday, MSU held a final Harvest Brunch for the families of students and guests that came to celebrate this year’s festivities. President Cruzado, and Vice President Charles Boyer both attended to further congratulate the department on their efforts, as well as enjoy a well-balanced breakfast before the snowy football game.