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2014-04-06T00:00:00Z Business digest The Billings Gazette
April 06, 2014 12:00 am

A federal certificate is now required for Montanans to spray restricted use pesticides on tribal land, said Montana State University Extension pesticide education specialist Cecil Tharp. Restricted-use pesticide dealers within tribal boundaries must register their businesses by April 7. In addition, private, commercial and government applicators applying restricted-use pesticides within tribal boundaries must apply for the federal permit immediately.

All restricted-use applicators must have the federal certification in their possession by Aug. 6.

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Sanderson Stewart has been named as the U.S. Chamber’s Dream Big Northwest regional finalist. The designation honors Sanderson Stewart as one of seven top small businesses in America, a success largely attributed to its employee culture. Learn more about Sanderson Stewart at

The 2014 Montana State SHRM Conference, “Reaching the Summit,” will be held May 7-9 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The Thursday night social, hosted by the Bozeman SHRM Chapter, features world-renowned climber Conrad Anker.

The annual conference brings together professionals, executives, scholars and senior practitioners from the field of human resources to provide an opportunity to learn and discuss a multitude of HR topics and issues that currently impact managers, leaders and the workforce.

Registration is available via the website at with early bird pricing available until April 15.

Q360 Health at 50 27th St. W., Suite A is having an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 12 so the public can learn about the new facility equipment and services available there. Meet the Q360 Health certified fitness professionals and licensed massage therapists, learn about the new Synergy360 classes, have a free body composition test, free chair massage and join the team for refreshments. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony is at 11:45 a.m. Q360 Health owner Suzie Eades brings 25-plus years of experience training and coaching clients in Billings. Her services include nutritional counseling and health coaching, personal and semi-private training and small group customized fitness classes, and access to the other Q360 Health professional team members who bring massage, yoga, fitalign and other support services to Q360 Health.

For more information, call 406-208-167, visit or follow the Q360 Health facebook page.

Montana Agri-Women’s annual meeting starts with registration at 10 a.m. on April 26 at the Billings Public Library, and speakers include Jody Lamp, Melody Dobson and Aaron Flint. A tour to the Trailhead Distillery will follow the meeting. Early registration is $20, and registration at the door is $25.

Lamp and Dobson are partners in efforts to promote “The Great American Wheat Harvest,” a documentary film that follows a wheat harvest through the eyes of custom harvesters. The film was released on March 25, National Agriculture Day in Washington, D.C. Lamp and Dobson will present a program titled “Your One Powerful Voice” and share how they use social media and other tools to connect those in agriculture with consumers.

Flint is the host of the popular statewide Northern Broadcasting System talk show “Voices of Montana” and editor of the daily online commentary blog "The Flint Report."

There is an informal “meet and greet” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at Jake’s Restaurant at 2425 Gabel Road. For more information about the meeting or registration forms, visit or contact Kellie Kittelmann, Montana Agri-Women president, 406-281-0594 or

A free April 29 webinar, “Urban Farms: Commercial Farms or Socially Minded Operations?” will provide an analysis of the differences between nonprofit and commercial urban farms. It is based on research conducted by researchers at NYU, Penn State and NCAT-ATTRA. Funding for this study was provided by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The webinar will begin at 3 p.m. To register, go online at The webinar presenters will be Carolyn Dimitri, associate professor of Food Studies at NYU Steinhardt; and Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology sustainable agriculture specialist. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ATTRA website at

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has extended the Milk Income Loss Contract program which protects dairy farmers enrolled in the program against income loss through Sept. 1, 2014, or until a new Margin Protection Program for dairy producers, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, is operational.

Contracts for eligible producers enrolled in MILC on or before Sept. 30, 2013, are automatically extended until the termination date of the MILC program. Dairy operations with approved MILC contracts will continue to receive monthly payments if a payment rate is in effect.

FSA will provide producers with information on program requirements, updates and sign-ups as the information becomes available. For more information on MILC, contact a local FSA county office or visit the FSA website at

The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are again teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month targeted at entrepreneurs over the age of 50. Building on the success of a joint SBA and AARP Mentor Month in April 2013, the two organizations will match “encore entrepreneurs” with successful business owners and community leaders for advice and assistance.

In Montana, events include one-on-one counseling sessions and workshops for entrepreneurs to learn best practices from successful small business owners. To find a local event near you, go to

The events will help connect encore entrepreneurs with mentors such as those from SBA’s network of Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers and SCORE chapters who can help throughout the life cycle of an entrepreneur’s business.

SBA has free online courses targeted at helping encore entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Go online to to access the online training and other resources available for entrepreneurs older than 50.

SBA and AARP are also hosting two webinars in April to help current and potential entrepreneurs. For more information and to register, visit

Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic and environmental sustainability of his or her operation? Encourage him or her to apply for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Montana Stockgrowers Association. Applications for the 2014 award are due June 30.

Each year, MSGA honors Montana ranches that exemplify environmental stewardship and demonstrate commitment toward improved sustainability within their communities. This award recognizes Montana ranchers who are at the forefront in conservation and stewardship and are willing to serve as examples for other ranchers.

Ranches wishing to apply for the award and recognition are asked to complete an application packet (available at Ranches must be a member of the Montana Stockgrowers Association to qualify for the award. A committee, which will include representatives from Montana Stockgrowers, Montana Beef Council, past Environmental Stewardship Award winners and others invested in Montana stewardship and conservation will evaluate the applications after all applications are completed.

The ranch chosen for the award will be announced at MSGA’s Annual Convention and Trade Show in Billings, Dec. 11-13 at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana. The Montana ESAP winner will then work with MSGA staff to prepare his or her application for the Regional and National Award competition, which is typically due in early March of the following year.

Since 1992, Montana Stockgrowers has honored 21 state winners, 10 of whom went on to win the regional award and two were named national award winners. To learn more, visit, or contact Ryan Goodman at or 406-442-3420. The Montana Environmental Stewardship Award is sponsored by MSGA’s Research and Education Endowment Foundation and funded by Montana Beef Producers with Checkoff Dollars.

Becker's Hospital Review has published the 2014 edition of "100 Great Hospitals in America," a compilation of some of the most prominent, forward-thinking and focused health care facilities in the nation. Billings Clinic is the only hospital in Montana to be included on the list.

According to Becker's Hospital Review, hospitals included on the list are home to many medical and scientific breakthroughs, provide best-in-class patient care and are stalwarts of their communities, serving as academic hubs or local mainstays.

To develop the list, Becker's Hospital Review's editorial team conducted research, considered nominations and evaluated reputable hospital ranking sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics' 100 Top Hospitals, Healthgrades, Magnet designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, The Leapfrog Group and several other resources.

The complete list can be read at

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