Our primary mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is to assist Montana farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs administered by FSA such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, or other available resources. The hard-working men and women of Montana’s 48 FSA county offices
and satellite tribal offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local FSA office on how we can be of service. Our user friendly web site can help you learn more about FSA programs and services and help you locate your local FSA Service Center
State Executive Director
Montana FSA State Office
P.O. Box 670
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 587-6872
Fax: (855) 546-0264
From June 15th to Aug. 1st, FSA offices across Montana are accepting nominations for FSA County Committees (COCs) Elections. An election by mail begins with ballots sent to eligible voters in November with voted ballots due back to FSA by Dec. 7th. New COC members take oath on Jan. 1st for a three-year term. Maps and descriptions of the Montana LAAs up for election this year are available HERE
. Visit the FSA national COC election page at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/news-room/county-committee-elections/index
for information on serving on the county committee and to download a nomination form
. For more information, contact your local FSA office.
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
. We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
May 15 to July 15: Primary and Brood Rearing Nesting Season
June 15: The nomination period opened for FSA County Committees across Montana. Request nomination forms from the local FSA office or online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
June 15: Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Enrollment Began for 2014 and 2015 Crop Years
July 1 to Sept. 30: Registration/Coverage Election Period for 2016 Margin Protection Program – Dairy (MPP-Dairy)
July 15: 2015 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Spring Seeded Alfalfa Seed, Forage Seeding, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Fruit (except cherries), Vegetables, Christmas Trees, and all Spring-Seeded Crops and any other crops not required to be reported by previously announced deadlines
July 15: Final 2014 NAP Production Reports Are Due
July 16: CRP Summer/Fall Managed Haying and Grazing Begins (with County Committee Approval of Request)
Aug. 1: Deadline to request a reconstitution or farm transfer for 2015.
Aug. 3: Last day to file County Committee election nomination forms with FSA
Sept. 1: 2016 NAP Application Closing Date for Value-Loss Crops
Sept. 30: 2016 NAP Application Closing Date for Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops, Rye, Speltz, Triticale, and Wheat
Sept. 30: 2014 and 2015 ARC & PLC Enrollment Deadline
Sept. 30: Last day of the Registration/Coverage Election Period for 2016 MPP-Dairy Program
Nov. 2: 2015 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) Application for Payment Deadline
Nov. 9: County Committee Election Ballots will be Mailed to Eligible Voters
Nov. 12: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from CRP
Nov. 16: 2016 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Perennial Forage, Pasture, Rangeland & Forage (PRF) including Native Grass, Fall Wheat (Hard Red Winter – HRW), and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains
Nov. 16: Deadline for 2015 NAP Production Reports for Forage Crops and Fall-Seeded Small Grains
Dec. 1: 2016 NAP Application Closing Date for Honey Producers
Dec. 7: Last Day to Return Voted County Committee Election Ballots to FSA at the local USDA Service Center
Ongoing FSA Notice of Loss Requirements:
• NAP – Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program: Submit Notice of Loss within 15 calendar days of the earlier of a natural disaster occurrence, the final planting date if planting is prevented by a natural disaster, the date that damage to the crop or loss of production becomes apparent; or the normal harvest date.
• ELAP – Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program: Submit Notice of Loss the earlier of 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent or Nov. 1st after the end of the program year in which the loss occurred.
• LIP - Livestock Indemnity Program: Submit Notice of Loss within 30 calendar days of when the loss is apparent.
• TAP - Tree Assistance Program: Final Date to Submit an Application and Supporting Documentation is the later of 90 calendar days of the disaster event or the date when the loss is apparent
For more information, call or visit your local FSA county office.
FSA EMERGENCY LOANS: For questions about eligibility and/or to apply for an Emergency Loan, contact your local FSA office to schedule an appointment with the Farm Loan Program staff serving your area.
FSA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) have developed an information sheet for Indian operators on Indian Trust Lands. COMPLIANCE:
A factsheet from FSA and NRCS regarding Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation Compliance is available HERE
or at your local FSA and NRCS office in Montana.
FOIA/PRIVACY ACT REQUESTS:
To submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and/or a Privacy Act request regarding Montana FSA records, you may contact the recordkeeping FSA state or/and county office. For questions on FOIA inquiries with Montana FSA, contact FOIA Officer Jennifer Cole at (406) 587-6786 or firstname.lastname@example.org
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement/Complaint Process:
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html
or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com
. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech difficulties and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means for communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
USDA COMPLAINT FORM:
The USDA program discrimination complaint form is available HERE.
For questions or comments regarding the Montana FSA Website, please send email to Webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (406) 587-6786.