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MT and WY Malt Barley and Sugar Beet Symposium set for Jan. 8-9

BOZEMAN -- Registration is now open for the 2019 Montana and Wyoming Malt Barley and Sugar Beet Symposium, which will be held Jan. 8-9 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings. The event is hosted by the Mountain States Crop Educat...

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BOZEMAN - Registration is now open for the 2019 Montana and Wyoming Malt Barley and Sugar Beet Symposium, which will be held Jan. 8-9 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings. The event is hosted by the  Mountain States Crop Education Association , or MSCEA, which is comprised of industry representatives as well as  Montana State University Extension  faculty members.

The first day of the event will focus on barley production topics related to seed treatments and grain storage, as well as soil conservation and precision agriculture.  Featured speakers include Raj Khosla, professor of precision agriculture at Colorado State University, and Frankie Crutcher, plant pathologist at the MSU Eastern Agricultural Research Center. The second day will focus on sugar beet production, with Luther Markwart, executive vice president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, serving as the keynote speaker.

Additional speakers include Andrew Kniss, professor of weed science at the University of Wyoming; Chris Augustin, North Dakota State University Extension specialist of soil health; Mark Boetel, NDSU research and Extension entomologist; Alan Dyer, MSU professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology; and Ashok Chandra, associate professor at the University of Minnesota.

Pesticide applicator credits will be available.

Pre-registration for the event is $20 per day and on-site registration will be $25 per day. Please note that a $5 convenience fee will be added to online transactions. A special hotel rate of $92 is available until Dec. 30.

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Symposium registration and other details are available online at  mountainstateag.org/ .

For more information, contact Callie Cooley, MSU Extension agent in Yellowstone County, at 406-256-2828 or  callie.cooley@montana.edu .

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