Montana

Coronavirus and Montana USDA Service Centers

USDA Service Centers in Montana will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. In the event a Service Center is not currently available to serve customers on location, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.


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

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


POSTPONED - USDA Tribal Outreach Forum April 14-15 Billings, Montana Event


MONTANA FSA PROGRAM DEADLINES
(click here to download and/or print MT 2020 deadlines poster)

Oct. 15, 2019 to June 30, 2020: 2020 Agricultural Risk Coverage Price Loss Coverage Enrollment Period

Sept. 11, 2019 to Deadline TBD: 2018 and 2019 Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) Sign-up (Deadline TBA)

March 30, 2020 to Aug. 21, 2020: Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot Signup Period


March 1: First day of 2020 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Spring Non-Emergency Grazing Period (prior approval required)

March 16: First day of 2020 CRP Spring Managed Grazing Period (prior approval required)

March 16: First day of CRP Grasslands Signup

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

March 30: First day of Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) Pilot Signup Period

March 31: Last day to apply for a 2019 crop marketing assistance loan or Loan Deficiency Payment (LDP) for harvested Barley, Canola, Crambe, Flaxseed, Honey, Oats, Rapeseed, Wheat and Sesame Seed

April 15: NAP producers with 2020 Perennial Forage intended for mechanical harvest or grazing are required to report their crop acreage 15 calendar days before the onset of harvest or grazing of the specific crop acreage. NAP producers are encouraged to report perennial forage acreage by April 15.

May 14: Last day of 2020 CRP Spring Managed Grazing Period (prior approval required)

May 15: Last day of CRP Grasslands Signup

June 1: Last day to apply for a 2019 crop marketing assistance loan or LDP for harvested Corn, Dry Peas, Grain Sorghum, Lentils, Mustard Seed, Rice, Safflower Seed, Chickpeas, Soybeans and Sunflower Seed

June 15: Nomination Period Opens for 2020 FSA County Committee Elections

June 30: Last day of 2020 Agricultural Risk Coverage Price Loss Coverage Enrollment Period

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

Aug. 3: Last day to submit Nominations for 2020 FSA County Committee Elections to FSA (or postmarked)

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. 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.