The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will hold its first college-wide public forum, “College of Ag Connects” on Monday, Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The forum will engage the Montana agricultural community on current and local issues by highlighting relevant, ongoing college programs and projects in agricultural teaching, research and Extension. Faculty from each of the college’s five academic departments will present overviews of their teaching and research. College of Ag Connects will be held in Room 125 in Linfield Hall. Lunch costs $10 in MSU’s Miller Dining Hall, but the event is free and open to the public, though registration is encouraged. Registration forms can be found at http://bit.ly/2BJp4q1.  


Montana State University will host a two-day personal trainer workshop and certification Feb. 24-25, 2018, at the Hosaeus Fitness Center. MSU is co-sponsoring the workshop with the nonprofit National Exercise Trainers Association. NETA’s trainer will cover exercise science review, communication skills, exercise programming, health assessments and more. The workshop will include demonstrations and practical application of one-on-one training.


The Montana Manufacturing Association will hold its general membership meeting in Helena on Jan 9, from 2-5 p.m. at the Montana State Fund building, and then the next day with tours of local facilities from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The event immediately precedes “Business Days at the Capitol”, (Jan. 10 -11) requiring separate registration.


Business Days at the Capitol opens with the traditional “State of Business” address at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 10. After seminars in the afternoon, the “Lawmaker Appreciation Reception and Banquet and Business Showcase will close the first day. “Eggs & Issues breakfast with legislative leadership kicks of the next morning, followed by panels on workforce.. Register through the Montana Chamber of Commerce.


Presented by the Billings Chamber of Commerce and Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative will hold the Agriculture Appreciation event on Jan. 19 at Metra Park. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a  no-host cocktail hour and the program, including the industry update and Ag Excellence Award, starts at 7 p.m. John King begins playing at 8:00 p.m. For more information call 245-4111 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The 43rd Annual Montana Economic Outlook Seminar will be held in Billings on Jan. 30, 8 am -1 pm at the DoubleTree. This year’s Seminar examines the question of how Montana’s higher education system returns value to the community. The keynote – The Future of Higher Education in Montana – will be presented by Robert Nystuen, vice chair of the Montana University Board of Regents. This half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends for local, state, and national economies. BBER economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic forecasts for each seminar city and industry specialists will provide an outlook for Montana’s important sectors: nonresident travel, health care, real estate and housing, agriculture, manufacturing, forest products and energy. For more information go to: www. bber-secure. umt.edu/ Register2018.asp