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  • USDA To Issue $306 Million In Final Payments To Producers Impacted By 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters

    US Dept. Of Agriculture, For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing final Emergency Relief Program (ERP) payments totaling approximately $306 million to eligible commodity and specialty crop producers who incurred losses due to natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began begin issuing these additional payments to eligible producers at the beginning of February. “In the natural disaster recovery process, every little bit of available assistance helps offset the financial toll that these catastrophic events have taken on agr...

  • USDA Reminds Montana Producers To File Fall Crop Acreage Reports

    US Dept. Of Agriculture, For the Courier|Oct 18, 2023

    Agricultural producers in Montana are reminded to complete their crop acreage reports after planting for Apiculture and any fall-seeded crops, such as winter wheat, triticale, or other fall-seeded small grains. Please make an appointment with the local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office before the Wednesday, Nov. 15, deadline. An acreage report documents a crop grown on a farm or ranch and its intended uses. Filing an accurate and timely acreage report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage and prevented planted acreage, can...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    US Dept. Of Agriculture, For the Courier|Oct 18, 2023

    USDA in Montana reminds agricultural producers of important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program dates. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. Visit online at and Oct. 31, 2023: OCCSP signup is open now until Oct. 31. Oct. 31, 2023: Inflation Reduction Act Assistance for Producers Who Experienced Discrimination in USDA Farm Loan Programs application period closes. Applications are due Oct. 31. To ensure timely processing, there will be no extensions to the deadline. Nov. 1: Last day of 2023...