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Farm Service Agency

Federal govt. restarts with service backlog in Montana

The wheels of government are grinding again — slowly.

October 17, 2013 5:23 pmLoading…
USDA OKs drought aid for counties in Montana and Wyoming

USDA OKs drought aid for counties in Montana and Wyoming

DENVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved new designations allowing farmers and ranchers around the West to seek federal aid to get through the drought.

April 10, 2013 7:23 pmLoading…

Ranch on Billings' outskirts up for auction

A 1,933 acre ranch two miles east of the Billings city limits goes on the auction block Tuesday.

March 25, 2013 4:12 pmLoading…

Business digest

Snowy Mountain Development Corp. in Lewistown, received a $26,250 planning grant from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund through the Montana Department of Commerce. The funds will assist Central Montana Rail with a preliminary engineering report to assess the flood-damaged railroad …

October 28, 2012 1:15 amLoading…
Grant opens some CRP lands to bird hunters

Grant opens some CRP lands to bird hunters

A pilot program called Open Fields for Game Bird Hunters has made 17,000 acres of habitat available in Montana.

September 27, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Feds declare 16 Wyoming counties drought disaster

CHEYENNE — The federal government has designated 16 Wyoming counties as disaster areas because of the drought and six more also qualify for assistance because they're contiguous to the primary counties.

August 01, 2012 5:44 pmLoading…
Hay help needed after Eastern Montana fires

Hay help needed after Eastern Montana fires

While thousands of cattle and horses have been displaced by the fires in Eastern Montana, stockgrowers on the western side of the state are bracing for ripple effects to come later this summer.The Southeastern Montana Complex of fires burned more than 308,000 acres near Ashland just as ranch…

July 06, 2012 8:03 pm Related Loading…

USDA officials bury time capsule in celebration of 150th anniversary

CASPER, Wyo. -- Representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday buried a time capsule containing documents, photos and maps from various agencies to celebrate the organization's 150th anniversary.

June 08, 2012 11:30 pmLoading…

Scobey farmer ordered to pay restitution

A federal judge has ordered a Scobey-area farmer to pay $30,000 restitution after he admitted lying to a lender to get favorable treatment on his loans.

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Appointees named to assist Native American farmers

Appointees named to assist Native American farmers

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named the members of a council created in a 2010 settlement to ensure Native American farmers and ranchers have access to Department of Agriculture programs.

May 24, 2012 5:22 pmLoading…
As prices rise, farmers, feds back off conservation program

As prices rise, farmers, feds back off conservation program

It was springtime, and the rocky sod Justin Downs sought to bust turned to shale just beneath the surface. His backhoe bucked across the rocky slab. The Molt farmer made some adjustments and the blade trundled on.

May 04, 2012 12:15 amLoading…

USDA closes Montana, Wyoming offices

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will shutter four offices in Montana and Wyoming as part of the $150 million cost-cutting measure that includes 259 total closures.

January 10, 2012 6:01 pmLoading…

Business digest

The Montana USDA Program is looking for applicants for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program from the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Those qualifying include youth who live on or near a Montana Indian reservation who are interested in a career in production…

November 27, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Class for ranchers at NWC

POWELL . — The Northern Rockies Ranch Practicum School based at Northwest College is gearing up for its first class.

July 25, 2011 10:57 pmLoading…

Carbon County to ask for flood relief

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Carbon County is preparing to ask for disaster assistance to help farmers hurt by spring floods.

July 11, 2011 8:28 amLoading…

Carbon County to seek flood aid for farmers

RAWLINS - Carbon County leaders are exploring federal disaster aid for farmers and ranchers hurt by historic flooding this spring.

July 09, 2011 1:27 pmLoading…
Crop report triggers price slide, skeptcism

Crop report triggers price slide, skeptcism

With roughly a quarter-million farm acres unseeded due to rains and flooding, Montana farmers were alarmed Thursday by federal reports that crop seedings surpassed expectations.

June 30, 2011 7:45 pmLoading…
Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

For years, Gordon Stoner’s rule for keeping the rain-soaked Northeast Montana soil from swallowing his tractor was to “turn when the ducks fly,” meaning nothing short of a pond would cause him to turn the wheel.

June 12, 2011 12:15 am Photos



Montanan named leader of Farm Service Agency

GREAT FALLS - A Montanan has been named acting administrator of the USDA's Farm Service Agency.

May 02, 2011 10:28 pmLoading…

High grain prices make CRP a tough choice for farmers

High grain prices three of the past four years will be on farmers’ minds Friday as they decide whether to enroll in the federal Conservation Reserve Program.

April 14, 2011 7:41 pmLoading…

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