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Funds to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers available

Note: This release was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced Monday the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with... — Updated 4/7/2021


USDA announces April 2021 lending rates for ag producers

Note: This was released by U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday loan interest rates for April 2021, which are effective April 1. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans... — Updated 4/7/2021


Tester praises USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers program that will open up billions for Montana ag producers

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Teter WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture announced that billions of dollars in coronavirus... — Updated 3/31/2021


Senators introduce bipartisan bill to increase transparency in cattle market

Press release WASHINGTON — Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Jon Tester, D-Mont., along with their colleagues Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, John Hoeven, R-N.D., Tina Smith, D-Minn., Mike Rounds, R-S.D., Ron... — Updated 3/31/2021


Tester's bipartisan bill provides ag and livestock haulers critical relief from burdensome red tape

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is fighting to ensure Montana ag and livestock haulers have the flexibility they need to safely deliver their products to market with the reintroduction... — Updated 3/31/2021


Montana FSA program deadlines listed

From Montana Farm Service Agency website The following are upcoming deadlines for programs administered by Farm Service Agency. • Underway: CRP General Signup (Deadline TBD) • March 1 to May 14: 2021 CRP Spring Non-Emergency... — Updated 3/24/2021


Hiring program technician in Missoula/Ravalli Counties

From USDA Farm Service Center Potential applicants interested in learning more about the following full-time permanent Program Technician position with the Montana Farm Service Agency and or applying for this position at... — Updated 3/24/2021


USDA invests $218M in land and water conservation

From USDA WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Thursday USDA Forest Service will invest more than $218 million to fund Great American Outdoors Act projects to conserve critical forest and wetland habitat,... — Updated 3/23/2021


USDA accepting applications to Quality Loss Adjustment Program

Information taken from Farmers.gov USDA’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting Quality Loss Adjustment Program applications through April 9. Signup opened Jan. 6. USDA is implementing the Quality Loss Adjustment Program to... — Updated 3/23/2021


National Ag Day is March 24

Information taken from National Ag Day website National Ag Day was started in 1973 to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society. The day is sponsored by the The Agriculture Council of America that was created... — Updated 3/23/2021


USDA requests input on USDA's Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Strategy

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture published Monday a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The notice represents... — Updated 3/17/2021


USDA ready to assist farmers, ranchers and communities affected by winter storms

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON —The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reminded rural communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses affected by the recent winter storms that USDA has programs... — Updated 2/24/2021


Silver lining to soil health conference going online

From National Center for Appropriate Technology People might regret that the inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference has been moved from Bozeman to an online event. But there is a silver lining. The conference will offer... — Updated 2/24/2021


FSA disaster programs requirements for notice of loss listed

From USDA Farm Service Agency It’s important for agricultural producers to report losses immediately because all disaster programs are dependent on the timely reporting of the loss. A notice of loss can be filed with USDA Farm... — Updated 2/17/2021


USDA extends evictions and foreclosure moratorium

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans through June 30. The... — Updated 2/17/2021


Livestock reports due March 1

From Montana Department of Revenue Montanans have just a few more weeks to report the number of each type of livestock they own in order to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock.  Livestock... — Updated 2/17/2021


ARC, PLC enrollment deadline approaching

From USDA Farm Service Agency Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2021 must do so by March 15. Producers who have not yet signed a 2021 enrollment co... — Updated 2/17/2021


FSA hiring additional loss adjusters

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The USDA Farm Service Agency is currently accepting offers from individuals interested in providing contracted crop adjusting services throughout Montana for the 2021 crop year.   Loss... — Updated 2/10/2021


FSA hiring program technicians in two Montana counties

From Montana Farm Service Agency Potential applicants interested in learning more about the following full-time permanent Program Technician positions with the USDA Farm Service Agency in Montana and or applying for these... — Updated 2/10/2021


USDA extends general signup period for CRP

From U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the Conservation Reserve Program General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending Feb. 12. USDA will continue to accept offers... — Updated 2/10/2021


FSA lists national USDA program deadlines

Listed below are important upcoming and ongoing national USDA program deadlines. Note that this list does not include every deadline, and only includes federal deadlines. People can check with their local USDA Service Center to... — Updated 2/3/2021


Tester to FSA: 'Right a wrong for eastern Montana grain growers'

Note: This was provided by the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., took the Farm Service Agency to task over further delays to disaster assistance support for Eastern Montana farmers who... — Updated 2/3/2021


USDA suspends some debt collections, foreclosures

From Montana FSA BOZEMAN — Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 — COVID-19 — the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last week the temporary suspension of past-due debt... — Updated 2/3/2021


Activities set in preparation for foreign animal disease introduction

From Montana Department of Livestock HELENA — The Montana Department of Livestock continues to prepare for a foreign animal disease — FAD — introduction into the state. The Animal Health Bureau — AHB — and the Montana... — Updated 1/27/2021


Montana Oilseed Advisory Committee sets online meeting

HELENA — The Montana Oilseed Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m. through the online meeting platform Zoom.   To receive information to join the meeting, people can contact Dani Jones via email at... — Updated 1/20/2021


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