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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County has been awarded the Gold Marketing and Communications Award in advertising. In partnership with A|D Creative Group, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County developed and implemented a marketing plan designed to expand the reach of the organization by utilizing a multimedia approach.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary and Crematory of Billings has renewed its affiliation with Lofty Oaks Association, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in Montana. The firm arranges to have a tree planted for each service that it performs to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew the forest life of Montana. After each service, close family members and friends are informed that the memorial tree has been arranged for by John J. Michelotti and Barry Brekhus of the mortuary. When the tree has been planted, the designated people will receive a certificate of planting.

Whitewood Transport Inc. was presented with a platinum award by Great West Casualty Co. as part of the 2013 National Safety Awards Program. Whitewood Transport has been doing business in Billings since 1987 and is a multiyear recipient of the Motor Carrier of the Year Award from the Motor Carriers of Montana. The company specializes in the transportation of cranes and large machinery from the mining and construction industry. Awards are given in the categories of platinum, gold, silver and participatory, based on year-end preventable accident results.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has implemented new Farm Bill measures and other policy changes to improve the financial security of new and beginning farmers and ranchers. The new website, www.usda.gov/newfarmers, will provide a centralized, one-stop resource where beginning farmers and ranchers can explore the variety of USDA initiatives designed to help them succeed.

The USDA’s New Farmers website has in depth information for new farmers and ranchers, including how to increase access to land and capital, build new market opportunities, participate in conservation opportunities, select and use the right risk management tools, and access USDA education and technical support programs.

For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill. A fact sheet outlining significant USDA efforts to support beginning farmers and ranchers and other departmentwide accomplishments is available on www.usda.gov/results.

Registration for SafetyFest in Havre at Montana State University Northern is now open. The three-day training event is set for Aug. 12-14. The free classes are open for anyone who wants to attend and include First Aid/CPR/AED, OSHA 10-hour cards for construction and general industry; Work Comp 101, HAZWOPER 8-Hour Refresher cards, Workplace Drug & Alcohol Testing Fundamentals, Profiting from Safety and more.

Registration closes at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 3. Register at http://safetyfestmt.com/safetyfestmt-havre-2014.html. All events are free, but registration is required, as seats are limited.

The training is sponsored by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry in partnership with WorkSafeMT. For more information, contact Casey Kyler-West at 406-444-5267 or ckylerwest@mt.gov.

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