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Ryan Seyler, EI, has joined the Streets, Highways and Drainage Group at Robert Peccia & Associates as an engineering designer/construction technician. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University.

Prior to joining RPA, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a fire crew member, timber sales crew member, and in the Youth Forest Monitoring Program where he collected data and studied stream, soil, vegetation, and wildlife in the Helena area.

Seyler is working on the Many Glacier Road Project, which is an ongoing Federal Highway Administration rehabilitation project in Glacier National Park and on the Blackfeet Reservation.

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Greg Stuart, EI, has joined the Streets, Highways and Drainage Group at Robert Peccia & Associates as an engineering designer/construction technician. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. Stuart has experience as a field/lab testing technician for a Montana engineering firm and as an operator for an environmental consulting and field services firm.

A veteran and former president of the MSU Student Veteran’s Club, Stuart was a section leader and a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Skilled in AutoCAD and Revit computer-aided design software, he is working on the Malta – South Project, which is a nine-mile highway rehabilitation project south of Malta for the Montana Department of Transportation. He is also assisting on the DAR (Defense Access Roads) 2020 Project.

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Lacey Brelje has joined Robert Peccia & Associates as the marketing director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Montana. Brelje will work in the Helena office where she will collaborate with the board of directors, corporate officers, branch office managers, and group managers in three office locations to develop and produce marketing and client initiatives.

Prior to joining RPA, Brelje was the marketing lead for Nemont Communications and its subsidiaries in northeastern Montana, south central Montana and northwestern North Dakota, where she managed the company’s marketing campaigns for more than eight years. At RPA, Brelje will help direct and oversee all the firm’s public relations and marketing efforts. She is a graduate of Capital High School.

Awards and honors

Annie Chase human resource director at Dick Anderson Construction has passed the SHRM Certified Professional Examination.

Earning an SHRM-CP (Society for Human Resource Management-Certified Professional) credential makes you a recognized expert and leader in the HR field.

News and notes

MDOL meeting will address animal health emergencies

The Montana Department of Livestock has announced three educational meetings to help pork producers better prepare for a disease outbreak, such as African Swine Fever. These meetings will focus on the ways producers can continue business amidst restrictions placed on animal movement to control the spread of a disease.

Recently, several regions throughout the world have become affected by ASF in wild and domestic pig populations including countries in Asia and Europe. ASF is an extremely contagious virus causing significant illness that is fatal to pigs, for which there is no vaccine making it difficult to control. ASF does not affect people and is not a food safety concern.

At each meeting, MDOL will walk through the Secure Pork Supply requirements and discuss available resources with producers and meeting attendees.

  • Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon Great Falls. Montana Expo Park, Fine Arts Building.
  • Tuesday, July 9, 9:30 a.m.-noon Great Falls. Montana Expo Park, Fine Arts Building.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m.-noon Lewistown, Lewistown Elks 456.

To RSVP, contact Sara Starkey at 406-444-1587, sstarkey@mt.gov.

For more information on the Montana Department of Livestock, visit www.liv.mt.gov.

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Funding cycle open for Growth Through Agriculture program

Folks across Montana looking to create or expand their operation or agriculture business now have the opportunity to access state grant dollars, as the 2019 funding cycle for the Growth Through Agriculture program is open.

Past recipients of Growth Through Agriculture grants and loans include:

  • Farver Farms of Scobey received a grant to expand their product line of wheat and lentil soup, salad and brownie mixes.
  • Duckworth Inc of Dillon and Bozeman received a grant to assist with the expansion of the company’s “Sheep to Shelf” Montana wool sock line.
  • Stricks Ag of Chester received a grant to expand their pulse processing facility.

GTA grants and loans are awarded by the Agriculture Development Council, a seven member committee appointed by the governor. GTA funding requires the investment of at least $1 in matching funds for every $1 in grant or loan assistance received.

Those interested in applying for GTA funds should visit www.gta.mt.gov and www.fundingmt.org for more information on how to apply.

For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov

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