The Billings Chamber is excited to announce that the 2020 Agricultural Excellence Award sponsored by Stockman Bank is awarded to Karen Yost, Vice President of Nutra-Lix, Inc. This award is presented to an individual, organization or family who has made a significant impact in the local agriculture industry. Yost is a longtime advocate of the agricultural industry and was a clear and fitting choice among a competitive field of nominees.
Yost has always been deeply involved in the agriculture industry. She was raised on the three generation Frank family farm in Park City, Montana and was highly influenced by her father. She was active in the J-Quarter Circle Ranch raising and training Quarter horses and competing in AQHA horse shows and rodeos in high school, college, and into her adult life.
Yost was first runner-up to Miss Rodeo Montana in 1967 and crowned Miss Montana in 1968. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in education from Eastern Montana College, she taught for several years until staying home to raise and homeschool her children. She established and operated “The Family Farm”, a hands-on operation intended to introduce city dwellers to life on the farm.
Karen Yost is a member of and a past president of both Montana Agri-Women and American Agri-Women and is a member of several other agriculture industry organizations. She is passionate about preserving the American rural lifestyle and focuses on urban and rural communication. She believes that the family farm is the backbone of the country providing stability that is vital.
Karen and her husband Geroge, along with their daughters Katie Yost and Kellie Kittelmann, own and operate Nutra-Lix, Inc., a local feed supplement company George helped found in 1987. They have four grown children and eight grandchildren, are active in rodeo and team roping, and operate Yost Arena west of Billings.
Yost was presented with the award by the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Ag Committee Chair Tierani Brusett of Stockman Bank, and Courtney Kibblewhite of Northern Broadcasting.
The purpose of Ag Celebration Week is to honor and give thanks to farmers, ranchers, agri-business and agri-business research representatives, for their contribution to and hard work supporting Montana’s number one industry. Additionally, it celebrates the connection and importance of business and agriculture in Billings.