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Agave Towing of Billings has earned the AAA MountainWest 2013 President’s Award for demonstrating the highest standards of service in their service to AAA members and their business relationship with AAA. Winners receive a personalized plaque, a cash prize and a National Service Provider of Excellence nomination.

Stockman Bank and bank officers David Zoanni and Alan Holom were honored by NeighborWorks Montana during an event in Miles City in conjunction with the Montana Housing Conference. The awards reflect the dedication of Stockman Bank and its employees to helping low-income customers become homeowners and find qualified affordable rental housing and supporting affordable housing and affordable housing organizations throughout Montana over the past 15 years.

Zoanni, chief of branch supervision for Stockman Bank, was presented with an award for his service as the treasurer of the NeighborWorks Montana Board of Directors and his guidance of the statewide nonprofit organization in a period of rapid growth.

Holom, vice president of real estate lending, was honored for his leadership as president of NeighborWorks Montana in helping them to expand homeownership services to all 56 counties and provide down payment assistance to low income homebuyers.

During the past 15 years, NeighborWorks Montana has helped 5,000 first-time homeowners, made 4,000 second mortgages for down payment, financed the building or preservation of 600 rental homes and graduated 15,000 Montana families from homebuyer education.

USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced that the forage (alfalfa) seed insurance policy offered through the federal crop insurance program will be converted to a permanent policy for the 2015 crop year. The forage seed insurance policy was introduced in 2002 as a pilot program by RMA to provide insurance coverage to alfalfa seed farmers who grew seed for forage crops.

Nationally, the pilot program covered 27,700 acres and $27.9 million in liability in 2013. In Wyoming and Montana more than 9,500 acres were covered, with $8.66 million in liability. The permanent program will be available for the 2015 crop year in Big Horn and Park counties in Wyoming, and in Big Horn County in Montana.

Producers are encouraged to visit with their crop insurance agent to learn more about the forage seed insurance policy. 

 A list of crop insurance agents is available at all USDA service centers throughout the United States or on the RMA website at

“Rockin’ to the Rhythm of Service” is a free customer service program being offered from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Children’s Museum of NEMT at 514 Second Ave. S. in Glasgow. The seminar focuses on Montana’s tourism and hospitality program and offers Montana-based videos, tourism scenarios, resources for guiding visitors and tips to use the moment you return to your business. RSVP to the Glasgow Chamber at 406-228-2222 or

The Wyoming Department of Education is holding the 7th Annual Leadership Symposium June 23-26 at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo. The agenda is split between two days of best practice and two days of education law.

The leadership symposium is a special education professional development designed for all educators, professionals and related service providers who work with students.

One workshop will assist participants in considering their own students and classroom learning situations and creating individual support plans.

For more information, there is an informative video on the WDE YouTube channel at or contact

Sanderson Stewart has acquired Hyalite Environmental, LLP, a Bozeman-based firm which has been recognized as one of the region’s most respected environmental science and engineering firms for over 15 years. Sanderson Stewart, already a nationally recognized planning, engineering and design firm, is now a comprehensive environmental consultancy, too. Sanderson Stewart’s new Environmental Group will provide the expertise to mitigate clients’ environmental risks while integrating with the rest of their planning, surveying and design services.

The U. S. Small Business Administration is reminding small, nonfarm businesses they have only until June 30 to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. These loans are to offset economic losses to nonfarm businesses because of reduced revenues to farmers and ranchers caused by the hail, high winds and severe storms that occurred July 8-Aug. 3, 2013, in Custer County. Small, non-farm businesses in Custer County and the neighboring counties of Carter, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie and Rosebud are eligible to apply for these low interest disaster loans.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at

For owners of these impacted small businesses, disaster loan information and application forms are also available from SBA’s Customer Service Center by calling toll-free at (800) 659-2955 or e-mailing Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. For more information about SBA’s disaster assistance programs, visit

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