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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
(855) 546-0264

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  1. USDA Designates Three Montana Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Thu Sep 23, 2021 11:26 AM

    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 Toole County, Montana, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:49 AM

    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 Missoula County, Montana, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:39 AM

    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. USDA Extends Deadline to Apply for Pandemic Assistance to Livestock Producers with Animal Losses

    Fri Sep 17, 2021 10:35 AM

    Farm Service Agency Reminds Producers of Upcoming Pandemic Program Deadlines

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2021The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional time for livestock and poultry producers to apply for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program (PLIP). Producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing may now apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of depopulation and disposal of the animals through Oct. 12, 2021, rather than the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2021. PLIP is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

  5. USDA Accepts More than 2.5 Million Acres in Grassland CRP Signup, Double Last Year’s Signup

    Fri Sep 10, 2021 10:35 AM

    More than 5.3 Million Acres Enrolled through CRP Signups in 2021, Surpassing Goal 

    BOZEMAN, Montana, September 10, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has accepted offers for more than 2.5 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment through this year’s Grassland Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup. This is double last year’s enrollment and brings the total acres enrolled across all CRP signups in 2021 to more than 5.3 million acres, surpassing USDA’s 4-million-acre goal. Producers and landowners submitted offers for nearly 4 million acres in Grassland CRP, the highest in the signup’s history.

  6. USDA Designates Glacier County, Montana, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Thu Sep 9, 2021 09:28 AM

    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.

  7. USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers in Montana

    Wed Sep 8, 2021 03:28 PM

    BOZEMAN, Montana, September 8, 2021— In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing. USDA is updating the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) to immediately cover feed transportation costs for drought impacted ranchers. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will provide more details and tools to help Montana ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later this month at fsa.usda.gov/elap.

  8. USDA Designates Fremont County, Idaho, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Thu Sep 2, 2021 05:46 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.

  9. USDA Designates Chouteau County, Montana, as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

    Thu Sep 2, 2021 05:43 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.

  10. USDA Designates Two Montana Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

    Wed Sep 1, 2021 03:12 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.