The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is coordinating a bus tour of Montana's beef industry for those who are involved in Nebraska's cattle feeding industry. The "Big Sky Cattle Drive" tour will be held August 18-21.

Montana ranks seventh in the nation for number of beef cattle and is the third largest exporter of feeder cattle to Nebraska. The tour will spotlight cow-calf operations in eastern and central Montana, along with leading beef industry businesses that utilize the latest technology and developments in genetics, feed efficiency, research and marketing.

"The tour will enable our producers to build new relationships with their counterparts in Montana," said NDA Ag Promotion and Development Administrator Lynn Gordon. "The Nebraska cattle feeders will also be able to promote their cattle feeding business and the state's access to grains and ethanol co- products."

The final registration date is fast approaching. Registrations will be accepted through July 25, 2009. A $225 registration fee will cover all meals, bus travel, and hotel accommodations during the tour.

For more information on the tour, please contact Lynn Gordon at lynn.gordon@nebraska.gov or 800-422-6692. Space is limited to 40 participants.

Tour sponsors include the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, the Nebraska Soybean Board, the Nebraska Corn Board, the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Elanco, Land O'Lakes Purina Feeds, and Montana Stockgrowers.