BUSCH AG RESOURCES — The employees of Busch Ag are highlighted in this week’s ‘Spotlight on Business’ In front from the left is Melvin Parocai and Scot Sessions; in the middle is Jackie Jones, Mary Kuka and Vivian Mullennax; and in back is Scott Hanson and Jerry Jerome. I-O Photo by Adam Jerome
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
From a town rich on values and community comes our ‘Spotlight on Business’ which highlights a business, gives emphasis on their contributions to our community and remembers their history.
The national history of Anheuser-Busch is a long and often championed story of a worldwide brand that continues to represent the American Dream.
For the purposes of this story though we will take a look at Busch Ag Resources in Conrad and their much smaller albeit important place in this particular community.
Busch Agricultural Resources, LLC is a raw material subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch. Constructed in 1989 and opened for operation in 1991 with the facility expanding in 2000 to its current storage capacity of 2,000,000 bushels.
A-B purchases the highest quality malting barley available for their company to be used in the making of their products.
This starts with contracting acres with local growers at a competitive price and providing excellent customer service from planting to harvesting through field advice, lab testing of barley samples and bins, and receiving and shipping a quality product to their malting house.
The company came to the Conrad area as an ideal place to procure malt barley from top producing counties in the state.
Busch Ag makes a positive economic impact on rural Montana through the investment made in the facilities, their employees and the purchasing power from local growers.
They are a quality oriented company that expects to buy quality malting barley from the community for a long time to come.
As business owners know, continuity of employees is vitally important to a successful operation and Busch Ag seems to know this as well or better than most.
The current staff of seven has over 115 years of combined experience with the company.
Employees include, Scot Sessions; Elevator Manager, Jerry Jerome; Field Manager, Scott Hanson; Production Supervisor, Melvin Parocai; Operator, Vivian Mullennax; Lab Technician, Jackie Jones; Office Assistant and Mary Kuka; Accounting Administrator.
The company reaches out to the community feeling a strong responsibility to making a better world. On a national level, Anheuser-Busch promotes responsible drinking through many efforts, including its “Designate a Driver” program. Most recently A-B delivered more than 51,000 cans of emergency drinking water to assist tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma City and made a $25,000 donation to Red Cross.
Anheuser Busch is also an environmentally conscious company that continually works to reduce their energy and water consumption while also increasing their recycling rate.
Locally they are involved in the “Adopt A Highway” program and promote agricultural awareness each year by giving facility tours to grade school classes.
Busch Ag Resources also contributes over $82,000 in local tax revenue every year.
A national company with such a local presence is a unique and important part of Conrad that will continue to shape this community for generations to come.