BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Gov. Brian Schweitzer is expected to cement his truce with a conservative livestock group Friday as he delivers the keynote speech at the group's annual convention.

Following the 2004 election, the Montana Stockgrowers Association had been at frequent loggerheads with Schweitzer over agricultural issues, most notably the handling of the livestock disease brucellosis around Yellowstone National Park.

The group initially resisted Schweitzer's proposal for a disease "hot-zone" around the park, but later adopted a similar proposal.

In October, Stockgrowers president Tom Hougen delivered a formal apology to the governor, who is scheduled to address the convention in Billings at 12:30 p.m.

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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