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Sep 8, 2017

Tester Helps Secure $2.5 million for Montana Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by Wildfire

After Senator Requests Federal Assistance, Relief Comes to Eastern Montana

(U.S. Senate) - After demanding the federal government step up and provide Montana with the resources it needs, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that approximately 30 Montana farmers and ranchers will receive $2.5 million to help rebuild after devastating wildfires ravaged eastern Montana.

"After our relentless persistence, Montana farmers will begin to see some relief from what has been a historically difficult summer," said Tester. "This is the first wave of meaningful resources that will help producers rebuild after horrific devastation. I will keep rattling cages in Washington to ensure every farmer gets what they need to rebuild."

This funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture's Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), which can assist with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical area plantings, and cover crops.

In July, Tester penned a letter to Secretary Perdue asking the USDA to tap into disaster assistance initiatives, which Tester secured in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Tester will continue to fight for additional resources for EQIP and other programs to assist with drought and fire relief. Montana farmers and ranchers interested in future EQIP sign-ups should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office for additional information.

Tester also helped secure additional staffing at USDA offices to help Montana farmers and ranchers facing extreme drought.

Tester has launched an online portal where Montanans who are impacted by fire and drought can contact his office and receive help.

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.

Billings

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

Bozeman

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

Butte

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

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

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

Missoula

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

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