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Montana State Office

State Executive Director

Les J. Rispens

Les J. Rispens

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State Office Address

P.O. Box 670
Bozeman, MT 59771
(406) 587-6872
(855) 546-0264

Montana USDA Customers Encouraged to Call Ahead to Schedule an Appointment

USDA Service Centers in Montana are open to limited visitors by appointment only. Contact your Service Center to find out if it is open to limited visitors and to schedule an appointment. You can find contact information at farmers.gov/service-locator. Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff also continue to work with agricultural producers via phone, email, and other digital tools. Producers can learn more about how to leverage these digital offerings by visiting https://www.farmers.gov/mydocs.

FSA Mission

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,
Les J. Rispens
Acting State Executive Director


Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

May 15: First day of Primary Nesting Season (can affect CRP Grazing) 

May 27: Deadline for Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities applications in the $250,000 to $4,999,999 fund pool. 2022 Acreage Reporting 

June 10: Deadline to apply for the second round of Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities funding 

June 30: Deadline to request ELAP assistance for hauling livestock to forage in 2021. 

July 15: Deadline for FSA Maps – 2022 Acreage Reporting/Crop Certification for Annually Seeded Spring Crops, Spring Seeded Alfalfa Seed, Forage Seeding, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Perennial Forage not covered under the NAP, and all other crops not required to be reported by a previous reporting date. This is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2021 reports for these crops.   

July 15:  Last day of Primary Nesting Season (can affect CRP Grazing) 

July 16:  CRP Haying can begin and first day of CRP Summer Grazing (requires prior approval). 

Aug. 5: Deadline to enroll in CLEAR30

Oct. 1: Deadline to enroll in Continuous CRP SAFE programs 

ELAP notice of loss must be filed within 30 days of when loss is apparent for livestock and farm-raised fish losses. 

ELAP notice of loss must be filed within 15 days of when loss is apparent for honeybee losses.

Jan. 30, 2023: Deadline to request all ELAP assistance for 2022 calendar year losses. 

Jan. 30, 2023:  Deadline to request LFP assistance for 2022 calendar year losses.

LIP notice of loss must be filed within 30 days of when the loss is apparent.

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


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:


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 sm.fp.foia@usda.gov.