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2014-08-10T00:00:00Z 2014-08-12T15:22:27Z Business digest The Billings Gazette
August 10, 2014 12:00 am

Building products distributor ABC Supply Co., Inc. has opened its first branch in Montana at 4300 State Ave. in Billings. The branch stocks a complete array of steep-slope roofing, a full line of gutter coils and gutter accessories, and related products. Additional product categories will be added in the future. Adam Snavley, who has been with ABC Supply since 2005, is the branch manager and is joined by a team of 19 associates. The branch is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The phone number is 245-2270.

The Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF) has elected John Grande of Martinsdale as the new chairman and selected Gary Adams of Billings to join the REEF Board as a new trustee. REEF is a strong supporter of youth and outreach programs in the Montana ranching community, funding projects that raise awareness of Montana ranching families and documenting their work through a detailed book and video series.

The Foundation also sponsors a young rancher from Montana each year to attend the Young Cattlemen’s Conference; which helps participants gain exposure to national industry programs while visiting Denver, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Adams of Billings has been active with Montana’s nonprofits, serving with the Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch and Foundation and engaging with ranchers across Montana for the past 25 years.

To learn more about REEF programs or to donate to the Foundation, visit or contact the Montana Stockgrowers Association, (406) 442-3420.

Backyard poultry, horse health and boarding, beekeeping, growing small fruits and alternative energy are among topics at the “Living and Working on the Land: Building Blocks of Success” conference Sept. 3-4 in Sheridan, Wyo.

Other sessions include making local food systems work, women on the ranch, marketing, small-scale dairies (including cheesemaking) and ag of the future.

Agricultural producers, land managers, hobby farmers, small-acreage owners, backyard gardeners and local food enthusiasts will all find something to fit their skill level and areas of interest, said one of the organizers, University of Wyoming Extension specialist Cole Ehmke.

Early registration by Aug. 15 is $50, while the fee after that is $65. This includes meals and tours. The first 50 agricultural producers to register for the conference are eligible for a full refund of the registration fee. A limited number of scholarships for lodging are also available to producers.

To register, call Kacy Atkinson with the Wyoming Business Council’s Agribusiness Division at 307-777-6319, or email her at

For more information, visit, or contact Ehmke at 307-766-3782 or

The public is invited to the Petroleum Industry Appreciation luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Billings. Alex Epstein, founder of the Center for Industrial Progress, will be speaking on the “Moral Case for Fossil Fuels. “

Epstein is the author of “Fossil Fuels Improve the Planet” and “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” and is a regular columnist at His writings have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle and Investor’s Business Daily, among hundreds of other publications. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, National Review and Business-Superstar.

He has been a guest speaker at dozens of universities, including Stanford, Duke, Rice, and UCLA. He has debated Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club on energy and environmental issues.

Tickets for the luncheon are $35 and can be purchased before Aug. 21 at, or by contacting Bobbie at Montana Petroleum Association at 406-442-7582.

Ten campgrounds throughout the U.S., owned by the Billings-based KOA, are featured in the August issue of Nationalist Magazine in the magazine’s annual travel edition. The article was titled “The Best Places to Visit in America.” For more information, go to

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