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  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. *Note: The Acreage Reporting Date for Spring Alfalfa Seed, all other spring seeded crops, Perennial Forage, Hemp, Grazing acreage and CRP acres is 15 days before the onset of harvest or grazing, or July 15, whichever is earlier. June 2, 2025: Acreage Reporting Date for Nursery Crops for the ensuing crop year. Aug. 1, 2024:...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. Feb. 29, 2024: Deadline to file a 2023 notice of loss and application for payment for LIP. The 30-calendar-day timeframe to submit a notice of loss from the date the loss is apparent for the 2023 and subsequent program years has been waived. The new deadline for filing a notice of loss under LIP will be the same as the final date...

  • Disaster Assistance Available For Livestock Losses Under The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Feb 14, 2024

    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to you for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. For disease losses, FSA county committees can accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. For 2023 livestock losses, you must file a notice and provide the following...

  • Disaster Assistance For 2023 Livestock Forage Losses In 21 Montana Counties

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    Livestock producers in 21 Montana counties are eligible to apply for 2023 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on small grain, native pasture, improved pasture, annual ryegrass, and forage sorghum. LFP provides compensation if you suffer grazing losses for covered livestock due to drought on privately owned or leased land, or fire on federally managed land. County committees can only accept LFP applications after notification is received by the National Office of qualifying drought, or if a federal agency prohibits producers from gr...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates / Deadlines

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Jan 17, 2024

    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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. Jan. 30, 2024: Application deadline for 2023 LFP. Producers must complete a CCC-853 and provide required supporting documentation no later than Jan. 30, 2024, for 2023 losses. Jan. 30, 2024: Deadline to file a notice of loss and application for payment for ELAP. The 30-calendar-day (livestock and farm-raised fish) and...

  • Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs Receive 2018 Farm Bill One Year Extension, Farmers Can Now Enroll for the 2024 Crop Year

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Jan 10, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that agricultural producers can now enroll in the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year. Producers can now enroll and make election changes for the 2024 crop year. The deadline to complete enrollment and any election change is March 15, 2024. On Nov. 16, 2023, President Biden signed into law H.R. 6363, the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024 (Pub. L. 118-22), which extended the...

  • Reminder: Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

    USDA, For the Courier|Jan 3, 2024

    USDA continues to accept applications for assistance through the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program for Montana farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021. The application process will close on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024. Borrowers have the option to apply for assistance online via 22007apply.gov or through a paper-based form. Details about the program, including an application and e-filing portal, are available at 22007apply.gov. The website includes an...

  • USDA Awards Grant To Montana Tribes To Help Strengthen Food Sovereignty

    USDA Rural Development, For the Courier|Dec 13, 2023

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Montana State Director Kathleen Williams has announced that the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana became one of the first nationwide to receive a $191,000 grant through the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant Program. This grant program is designed to support the priorities of Tribal Nations in reducing nutrition insecurity, as well as expanding and enhancing indigenous animal and meat...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates / Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|Nov 15, 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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. Nov 15: 2023 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Fall Wheat (Hard Red Winter), and all other Fall Seeded Small Grains. Please note that this is the final date that FSA can accept late-filed 2022 reports for these crops. Dec. 4: Voted FSA County Committee Election Ballots to be returned to the FSA County Office or...

  • Livestock Losses

    USDA, For the Courier|Nov 15, 2023

    Montana livestock producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by USDA Farm Service Agency, provides assistance to eligible producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. LIP compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Sep 20, 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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. Sept. 30, 2023: Application closing date for 2024 NAP coverage for all perennial forage, fall and spring seeded garlic, rye, speltz, triticale, wheat, and mixed forage crops. Please note that the acreage reporting date for your NAP covered crops is the earlier of the established FSA acreage reporting date for the crop or 15...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|Jul 19, 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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. July 26, 2023: ODMAP signup deadline. You can also read the News Release for more information. July 31, 2023: CRP CLEAR30 signup 59 ends August 1, 2023: Deadline to request a farm reconstitution or farm transfer for program year 2023. August 1, 2023: County Committee (COC) Nomination period for the 2023 Election Cycle Closes....

  • Non-Emergency Haying and Grazing Conservation Reserve Program

    USDA, For the Courier|Jul 19, 2023

    USDA reminds producers that all non-emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts must be discussed and approved with your local FSA county office prior to starting the activity. Under no circumstances may non-emergency haying or grazing be permitted if such activity would cause long-term damage to the vegetative cover on the land, determined on a site-by-site basis. Available to start 12 months after cover is fully established. Non-emergency activities may occur according to the conservation plan during drought /...

  • USDA Offers Livestock Disaster Program Flexibilities; Responds to Needs Expressed by Producers Hard-Hit by Drought and Winter Storms Program

    USDA, For the Courier|May 24, 2023

    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has provided additional flexibilities and further enhanced disaster recovery assistance provided by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock Honeybees, and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) in response to needs expressed by livestock producers in the western U.S. who have experienced significant feed, forage, animal and infrastructure loss from preexisting, long-term drought conditions further compounded by unprecedented snowfall and w...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|May 17, 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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. May 26, 2023: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants until May 26, 2023, to fund Montana projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. May 31, 2023: Crop year 2022 Final Marketing Assistance Loan (MAL)/Loan D...

  • USDA Montana Crop Progress Report - April 23

    USDA, For the Courier|May 3, 2023

    The past week brought colder temperatures and snowfall to many areas in the State of Montana, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office, temperatures ranged from 45 degrees to 22 degrees across the State, while there was 0.01 to 2.1 inches of precipitation observed in the State for the week ending April 23. Drought conditions improved slightly in areas experiencing moderate and severe drought. However, overall drought...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA Montana Newsletter, For the Courier|Mar 1, 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 farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. March 1, 2023: Deadline to request Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) benefits for 2022 calendar year losses. March 15, 2023: Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) coverage closing date for all spring crops except spring-seeded canola, rye, speltz, triticale, wheat, mixed forage, perennial and value-loss crops. Please no...

  • USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs

    USDA|Sep 15, 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, Honey Bees 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 ranchers get ready to apply at their local USDA Service Center later...

  • USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Montana Farmers and Livestock Producers

    USDA|Jul 28, 2021

    Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the ongoing, severe drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. As agricultural producers move into recovery mode and assess damages, they should contact their local USDA Service Center to report losses and learn more about program options available to assist in their recovery from crop, land, infrastructure and livestock...

  • USDA's Five Tips for a Food Safe Thanksgiving

    Courtesy of the USDA, For the Courier|Nov 23, 2016

    This week millions of Americans will gather family and friends around the dinner table to give thanks. But for those preparing the meal, it can be a stressful time. Not to mention, for many it is the largest meal they have cooked all year, leaving plenty of room for mistakes that could cause foodborne illness. “Unsafe handling and undercooking of food can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Turkeys may contain Salmonella and Campy...

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