Montana Announces Community Meetings on New Farm Bill

Public sessions set for throughout state.

Published on: Mar 3, 2014

The public is invited to attend USDA community meetings set on Montana's seven Indian reservations beginning this week in Wolf Point.

The Feb. 26 meeting in the Fort Peck Community College's Dumont Bldg.  from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will include a dinner sponsored by the Intertribal Agricultural Council, which includes USDA updates of the 2014 Farm Bill.

USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Rural Development officials will also participate in the meetings, each which includes a meal.

"We invite those interested in the 2014 Farm Bill to attend a meeting in your area," says Bruce Nelson, FSA state executive chairman and 2014 chairman of the USDA State Food and Agriculture Council.

Wondering how the new Farm Bill will impact Montana producers? New USDA area meetings are held to explain.
Wondering how the new Farm Bill will impact Montana producers? New USDA area meetings are held to explain.

"These meetings are the first of many that will be held on the 2014 Farm Bill across Montana communities." The official name of the new Farm Bill is the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Meetings on reservations are set as follows:
•Tues., March 11, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Stone Child College John Morsette Vocational Building, Rocky Boy.
•Wed., March 12, 5 –p.m.-7 p.m., Hays LodgePole School, Hays.
•Tues., April 1, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Blackfeet Community College, Browning.
•Wed., April 2, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Leon Community Hall, Charlo.
•Mon., April 28, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Dull Knife Community College, Room 205, Lame Deer.
•Tues., April 29, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency.

"Montana USDA agency directors are coming to communities near you," notes Ross Racine, Intertribal Agricultural Council executive director. " These meetings will give you a chance to meet agency leadership and learn about federal changes in programs available for ag operations and rural communities across Montana."

A poster with a meeting schedules is available here.

For questions or more information, contact Jennifer Cole at the USDA FSA (406) 587-6786 or email her at jennifer.cole@mt.usda.gov.