Montana

Welcome to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Montana Website

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 50 FSA 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 features the monthly newsletter and upcoming program deadlines, can help you learn more about FSA programs and services and help you locate your local FSA Service Center.

Best Wishes,
Mike Foster
State Executive Director


Montana FSA State Office

P.O. Box 670
Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 587-6872
Fax: (855) 546-0264
Website: www.fsa.usda.gov/mt


In the Spotlight

Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Launch June 15

The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees runs June 15 through Aug. 1, 2018, and elections will take place starting in November.

County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. FSA’s been across the country interviewing current committee members to spotlight their involvement in their county. Read what they have to say and check back each week.

For more information on FSA county committees, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.


Keep Track of FSA Program Deadlines for Montana Farmers and Ranchers
  • Now through August 1, 2018: 2018 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC) annual signup period

  • Now through August 1, 2018: County Committee Nomination Period (see 2018 Montana FSA Election Notice)
  • Now through August 17, 2018: Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup Period and 1-year Extensions on contracts expiring September 30, 2018

  • Now through Oct. 1, 2018: 2019 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program Application Period for Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops (including spring seeded annual types of missed forage), Rye, Speltz, Triticale, Wheat and Garlic

  • Now through Nov. 16, 2018 : 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) Signup Period

  • July 16: 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) Signup Begins
  • July 16: 2018 CRP Summer/Fall Grazing Period Begins (with prior written approval
  • July 16: 2018 CRP Managed Harvesting Period Begins (with prior written approval
  • Aug. 1: Deadline for 2018 Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) & Price Loss Coverage (PLC)  Enrollment
  • Aug. 1: 2018 FSA County Committee Election Nomination Period Deadline
  • Aug. 1: Last day to request FY 2018 farm reconstitutions on ARC & PLC farms
  • Aug. 1: Last day to request farm transfers for FY 2018
  • Aug. 17: Last Day of Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup
  • Sept. 4: 2019 NAP Application Closing Date Value-Loss Crops such as nursery, Christmas trees, grass sod, ginseng, aquaculture, floriculture, root stock sets and mushrooms.
  • Sept. 13: 2018 CRP Summer/Fall Grazing Period Ends
  • Sept. 30: 2018 CRP Managed Harvesting Period Ends
  • Oct. 1: 2019 NAP Application Closing Date for Annual Fall-Seeded Crops, Perennial Forage and Grazing, Mixed Forage Crops (including spring seeded annual types of mixed forage), Rye, Speltz, Triticale, Wheat and Garlic
  • Nov. 1: 2018 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees & Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) Application for Payment Deadline
  • Nov. 5: County Committee Election Ballots will be mailed to Eligible Voters
  • Nov. 12: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from Managed CRP
  • Nov. 15: 2019 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Perennial Forage, Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) including native grass, fall wheat (Hard Red Winter), and all other fall-seeded small grains. Please note that this is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2018 reports for these crops.
  • Nov. 16: 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) Signup Ends
  • Dec. 1: 2019 NAP Application Closing Date for Honey Producers
  • Dec. 3: Last Day to Return Voted County Committee Election Ballots to local FSA Offices

For more information, contact your local FSA office and/or visit Montana FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/mt.


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. File an Application for payment and supporting documentation no later than 90 days after the calendar year in which the loss occurred.
  • 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 office.


Are you interested in a Farm Loan through USDA Farm Service Agency?

For more information, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/dafl, https://newfarmers.usda.gov/ or contact your local FSA office at http://offices.usda.gov.


Conducting Business with FSA Electronically

With a USDA Customer Level 2 eAuth Account you can have one stop access to your USDA program participation information.

Visit the Online Services page for apps:


Montana Natural Disaster Designations - FSA Emergency Loans

The following map outline the Montana counties with USDA Disaster Designation Declarations. Producers have eight months from the date of the designation to apply for an Emergency Loan with FSA. 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.

Cumulative Disaster Designation Map


Intertribal Agriculture Council Informational Sheet

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. For more information, visit http://www.indianaglink.com/.


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 record keeping FSA state or/and county office. For questions on FOIA inquiries with Montana FSA, contact FOIA Officer Jennifer Cole at (406) 654.1333, ext. 117 or jennifer.cole@mt.usda.gov.


WEBMASTER

For questions regarding the Montana FSA Website, email the Webmaster at jennifer.cole@mt.usda.gov or call (406) 654.1333, ext. 117.