Billings Stockman Bank Which Is Montana's Largest Agriculture Bank, Is Preparing To Celebrate 65 Years in 2018

October 25, 2017


Syndicated by: Montana News

BILLINGS, MT – October 25, 2017 –Melody Dobson and Jody L. Lamp of Lamp Public Relations & Marketing, LLC, co-founders of theAmerican Doorstop Project, and authors of A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living, announce Stockman Bank, Montana’s largest private, family-owned community bank with 34 locations statewide, as a Lasting Legacy Sponsor Partner for their next history book on Montana agriculture. 


Stockman Bank is proud of its founding western values and long-standing relationships through integrity, expertise and results. “Like Montana, our roots run deep in agriculture, making our partnership with the American Doorstop Project a natural fit,” says Bill Coffee, CEO and president of Stockman Bank. “We look forward to learning more about the rich culture of Montana, and know this book will be an educational resource for future generations.”


“Montana’s Big Sky Agriculture: A Life of Discovery,” is the working title for the new American Doorstop Project MONTANA Agriculture History Book. Published by The History Press with an expected printing of Fall 2018, the Montana book is the second in a series of books produced by the American Doorstop Project founders and authors. 


The first book, “A History of Nebraska Agriculture: A Life Worth Living,” debuted earlier this year on June 12th in Grand Island, Neb. The third book about NORTH DAKOTA agriculture history is planned for release in 2019.

“During and after the Great Depression, many eastern Montana farm and ranch families who homesteaded up to 320 acres at the turn of the century were struggling with the rest of America as many traditional banking institutions no longer extended credit for agriculture operations,” says Melody Dobson, who hails from a fourth generation farm in northeastern Montana. 

“Those who survived relied on each other and others, like Stockman Bank founder, Bill Nefsy, who served the needs of their entire communities, including business people and the rural farmers and ranchers who supported Montana’s small-town economies,” she says. “We’re proud to write, share and preserve these agriculture stories of hard-working Montanans who came as immigrants to make a go of it in America’s last frontier.” 



The American Doorstop Project books bring a spotlight to local, regional and national Agriculture stories that shaped the development of America through the Agrarian Discipline to connect readers through the identification formula of the S.P.I.C.E – Spaces, Places, Inventions, Commodities or Events – and the People that made America what it is today. 

Through sponsorships and partnerships, the American Doorstop Project fund development plan for the NEBRASKA, MONTANA and NORTH DAKOTA Agriculture History Booksinclude creating accompanied video vignettes to be featured at



Melody Dobson & Jody L. Lamp
Co-Founders & Authors 


The Montana History Foundation is the fiscal sponsor for American Doorstop Project, allowing all philanthropists, individual donors, institutions, corporations and grantors, within and outside Montana, a tax-deductible benefit for their contributions towards the project. Funding allows the American Doorstop Project co-founders and authors to elaborate each story within the agriculture history books and further advocacy and education efforts through integrated social media, national and community engagement events, signage, and oral history narratives



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