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National Forest Proposed Action Schedule - 3rd Quarter

Posted Date: 
August 8, 2013

Provided here are the schedules of proposed actions (“SOPA”s) for projects involving National Forests located in Montana, as well as a link to the Forest Service national SOPA page.  The SOPAs are for the current quarter and broken out by Forest.

NRCS Offers Wildfire Recovery Funding

Posted Date: 
November 2, 2012
Tim Ouellette, Assistant State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

BOZEMAN, Mont., Nov. 2, 2012–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by wildfires throughout Montana.

Montana FSA: USDA Expands CREmergency Haying & Grazing to 48 Montana Counties to Assist Drought-Affected Livestock Producers

Posted Date: 
July 23, 2012

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new flexibility in the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that will provide much-needed help to Montana's drought-affected livestock producers effective immediately, said Bruce Nelson, former FSA administrator who has returned to his position as the State Executive Director for Montana Farm Service Agency.

USDA Announces Streamlined Disaster Designation Process with Lower Emergency Loan Rates and Greater CRP Flexibility in Disaster Areas

Posted Date: 
July 11, 2012
USDA Office of Communications

WASHINGTON—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a package of program improvements that will deliver faster and more flexible assistance to farmers and ranchers devastated by natural disasters. Vilsack announced three significant improvements to decades-old USDA programs and processes related to Secretarial disaster designations: a final rule that simplifies the process for Secretarial disaster designations and will result in a 40 percent reduction in processing time for most counties affected by disasters; a reduced interest rate for emergency loans that effectively lowers the current rate from 3.75 percent to 2.25 percent; and a payment reduction on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands qualified for emergency haying and grazing in 2012, from 25 to 10 percent.

USDA Warns of Fraudulent Letters, Calls

Posted Date: 
March 27, 2012
USDA Natural Resources Conservation

BOZEMAN, Mont., March 27, 2012–Officials with the U. S. Department of Agriculture have been notified that fraudulent letters and at least one fraudulent phone call have been received by individuals in a number of states.

Forest Service Seeks Nominations for Planning Rule FACA Committee

Posted Date: 
January 5, 2012
Tony Tooke, Director, Ecosystem Management Coordination

Please consider the following opportunity to serve. The Forest Service have reserved a place for an elected county official on the committee. RRY