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Montana News Releases

State Executive Director

Les J. Rispens

Les J. Rispens

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P.O. Box 670
Bozeman, MT 59771
(406) 587-6872
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  1. USDA Designates Teton County, Wyoming, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Wed Jul 7, 2021 02:17 PM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

  2. USDA Designates Six Idaho Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Jul 7, 2021 02:10 PM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

  3. USDA Designates Eight Montana Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Jul 7, 2021 02:00 PM

    This Secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts. FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. 

  4. Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Nominations for County Committee Members

    Tue Jun 22, 2021 02:08 PM

    BOZEMAN, Montana, June 22, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting nominations for county committee members on June 15. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for these members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2021 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 2, 2021.

  5. USDA Reminds Montana Producers to File Crop Acreage Reports

    Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:26 PM

    BOZEMAN, Montana, June 17, 2021 – Agricultural producers in Montana who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the applicable deadline.

  6. USDA Opens Signup for CLEAR30, Expands Pilot to Be Nationwide

    Tue Jun 15, 2021 11:37 AM

    30-Year Option Focuses on Improving Water Quality

    WASHINGTON, June 15, 2021 – Landowners and agricultural producers currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) now have a wider opportunity to enroll in a 30-year contract through the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative, called CLEAR30. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding CLEAR30 – a water-quality focused option available through CRP – to be nationwide now.

  7. USDA Announces Dates for Conservation Reserve Program General and Grasslands Signups

    Tue Jun 15, 2021 08:41 AM

    BOZEMAN, Montana, June 14, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set a July 23, 2021, deadline for agricultural producers and landowners to apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup 56. Additionally, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications for CRP Grasslands from July 12 to August 20. This year, USDA updated both signup options to provide greater incentives for producers and increase its conservation benefits, including reducing the impacts of climate change.

  8. USDA to Begin Payments for Producers Impacted by 2018 and 2019 Natural Disasters

    Mon Jun 14, 2021 09:53 AM

    Producers to Receive Assistance through the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and Additional Assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus

    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021 – More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). These U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs provide disaster assistance to producers who suffered losses to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.

  9. USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

    Tue Jun 1, 2021 09:26 AM

    BOZEMAN, June 1, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. 

    USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2021.

  10. USDA Announces New Initiative to Quantify Climate Benefits of Conservation Reserve Program

    Tue May 25, 2021 01:12 PM

    Proposals for CRP Climate Change Mitigation Assessment Initiative Due July 2

    BOZEMAN, May 25, 2021— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts. This multi-year effort will enable USDA to better target CRP toward climate outcomes and improve existing models and conservation planning tools while supporting USDA’s goal of putting American agriculture and forestry at the center of climate-smart solutions to address climate change.