Three for one! USDA’s Rural Development, Farm Service Agency, and Natural Resources Conservation Service came together as one to meet with the residents of all seven Indian reservations in Montana.
Anthony Preite, State Director USDA Rural Development said, "The 2014 Farm Bill brought many positive changes to USDA programs. I couldn’t think of a better way to present all of the changes and opportunities these programs can bring to a person, business, and to Montana communities than a local face to face meeting."
The meetings brought together a diverse crowd of ranchers, farmers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and interested citizens. In all the three agencies met with more than 200 people over four days.
The groups heard about a multitude of programs ranging from business loans and grants to assistance with purchasing cattle. Rural Development’s housing programs and Farm Service Agency’s crop insurance programs were two of the more popular subjects. So was the Rural Development Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which can provide both loans and grants to improve energy efficiency for farms or ranches, businesses, and communities.
USDA will continue to inform the more than 78,500 Native Americans in Montana of the benefits the 2014 Farm Bill could provide to them.