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Sep 2, 2021   |  

Yellowstone Public Radio: Over 50 Montana Counties Qualify For Drought Disaster Assistance

By: Olivia Weitz

More Montana livestock producers are now eligible for drought disaster assistance. The U.S. Drought Monitor was updated today and conditions in some parts of Montana are intensifying.

Eligibility for the USDA's Livestock Forage Disaster Program is tied to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The monitor indicates that conditions in parts of eastern Montana are worsening. As of today, 52 counties in Montana are now eligible for assistance.

The program provides compensation to those who own grazing animals and whose privately owned or leased pasture or forage crops were negatively impacted by the drought. The program also includes payments for those who were not able to graze on federally managed rangeland this year as a result of wildfires.

The program bases the number of payments received on the severity of drought conditions for a maximum of 5 monthly payments. A handful of counties in southwest and eastern Montana are now included in the most severe drought category.

Amid this year's drought and intense wildfire season, Montana U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would boost livestock disaster programs.

For the existing program in Montana, producers have until Jan. 31 to submit an application.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


208 North Montana Avenue
Suite 104
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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