Montana

Some USDA Service Centers in Montana are now allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. Our program delivery staff will be in the office and work with our producers in person, by phone, by email, mail, or by using other online tools. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business should call ahead to confirm the office’s status and make an appointment before visiting. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Face coverings are encouraged but not required for in-person office visits.  

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

Beginning May 26, FSA will begin accepting applications for CFAP. To find the latest information on CFAP, including forms and the contact information for your local Service Center, visit farmers.gov/CFAP.


From the State Executive Director

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: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mt


Farm Service Agency Accepting Nominations for County Committees June 15 through Aug. 1

The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees runs June 15 through Aug. 1, 2020, and elections will take place starting in November.

View Montana 2020 Election Areas by County

County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. For more information on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.


MONTANA FSA PROGRAM DEADLINES

March 23: Signup Began for Excess Moisture and Drought (D-3 and Above) Losses Under WHIP+

July 15: 2020 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Spring Seeded Alfalfa Seed, Forage Seeding, CRP, Perennial Forage not covered under NAP, Annually Seeded Spring Crops, and all other crops not required to be reported by a previous reporting date. Please note that this is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2019 reports for these crops.

July 16: First day of 2020 CRP Summer/Fall Managed Grazing and Harvesting Periods (prior approval required)

Aug. 1: Last day to submit Nominations for 2020 FSA County Committee Elections to FSA (or postmarked)

Aug. 3: Deadline to request a farm reconstitution or farm transfer for 2020.

Aug. 15: 2020 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Hemp

Aug. 21: Last day of CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot Signup Period

Aug. 28: Last day of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Signup

Aug. 31: Last day of 2020 CRP Summer/Fall Non-Emergency Harvesting Period (prior approval required)

Aug. 31: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from Non-Emergency Conservation Reserve Program Acreage

Sept. 1: 2021 NAP Coverage Application Closing Date for all Canola (Winter and Spring Seeded) and Value-Loss Crops such as Nursery, Christmas Trees, Grass Sod, Ginseng, Aquaculture, Floriculture, Root Stock Sets and Mushrooms

Sept. 13: Last day of 2020 CRP Summer/Fall Managed Grazing Period (prior approval required)

Sept. 30: Last day of 2020 CRP Summer/Fall Managed Harvesting Period (prior approval required)

Sept. 30: Deadline to update PLC payment yields

Sept. 30: 2021 NAP Application for Coverage Deadline 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: Last day of 2020 CRP Summer/Fall Non-Emergency Grazing Period (prior approval required)

Early November: 2020 County Committee Election Ballots to be Mailed to Voters

Nov. 16: 2021 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, 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 2020 reports for these crops.

Dec. 1: 2021 NAP Coverage Application Closing Date for Honey

Ongoing: FSA Loan Applications are accepted and processed year-round.

Ongoing: Contact FSA right away for notice of loss deadlines and disaster program requirements.

For more information, contact your local FSA office and/or visit www.farmers.gov and www.fsa.usda.gov/farmbill


Are you interested in a Farm Loan through USDA Farm Service Agency?
For more information, visit FSA's Farm Loan Program website, USDA's  https://www.farmers.gov/fund or 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 for FSA Records

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@usda.gov.


Webmaster

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