Senator Tester helps secure $2.5 million for Montana farmers, ra - ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB

Senator Tester helps secure $2.5 million for Montana farmers, ranchers impacted by wildfire

Posted: Updated:

The following is a press release from Senator Jon Tester's office.

(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. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Saturday, February 17 2018 1:03 PM EST2018-02-17 18:03:04 GMT

    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.

  • Safety experts recommend changing how schools conduct drills

    Safety experts recommend changing how schools conduct drills

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-02-17 17:58:09 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-02-17 17:58:09 GMT

    "Drills should encourage people to think on their feet," said consultant Kenneth Trump of National School Safety and Security Services in Ohio. That might mean starting a drill when students are in hallways or lunchrooms instead of class.

    "Drills should encourage people to think on their feet," said consultant Kenneth Trump of National School Safety and Security Services in Ohio. That might mean starting a drill when students are in hallways or lunchrooms instead of class.

  • Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

    Algae problem on Montana's Smith River prompts meeting

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:32 PM EST2018-02-17 17:32:48 GMT

    Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

    Montana environmental officials say a reported increase in aquatic algae on the Smith River is interfering with recreational activities on the popular waterway northwest of White Sulphur Spings.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • School District 2 safety measures

    School District 2 safety measures

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-17 05:33:39 GMT
    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:47 AM EST2018-02-17 05:47:52 GMT

    When you send your kids off to school every day, you trust they're in a safe environment. But just how safe are they at school? "Long gone are the days when the school doors are just left open," said Joe Halligen, the principle of Ben Steele Middle School. 

    When you send your kids off to school every day, you trust they're in a safe environment. But just how safe are they at school? "Long gone are the days when the school doors are just left open," said Joe Halligen, the principle of Ben Steele Middle School. 

  • UPDATE: No known injuries following reports of shots fired at Washington community college

    UPDATE: No known injuries following reports of shots fired at Washington community college

    Friday, February 16 2018 1:07 PM EST2018-02-16 18:07:16 GMT
    Friday, February 16 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-02-16 18:57:42 GMT

    Fire officials in Washington state say they know of no people with injuries following reports of possible shots fired at a community college south of Seattle.

    Fire officials in Washington state say they know of no people with injuries following reports of possible shots fired at a community college south of Seattle.

  • Snow Buddies needs more volunteers

    Snow Buddies needs more volunteers

    Friday, February 16 2018 9:04 PM EST2018-02-17 02:04:19 GMT
    Friday, February 16 2018 9:04 PM EST2018-02-17 02:04:19 GMT

    The Billings planning and community services are searching for more volunteers for their Snow Buddies program. 

    The Billings planning and community services are searching for more volunteers for their Snow Buddies program. 

  • City of Billings continues residential plowing

    City of Billings continues residential plowing

    Friday, February 16 2018 9:19 PM EST2018-02-17 02:19:43 GMT
    Friday, February 16 2018 9:19 PM EST2018-02-17 02:19:43 GMT

    As the snow continues to fall, Public Works wants to reassure the city of Billings, they will continue residential plowing for the remainder of the winter season. 

    As the snow continues to fall, Public Works wants to reassure the city of Billings, they will continue residential plowing for the remainder of the winter season. 

  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

    Magnitude-7.5 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

    Friday, February 16 2018 7:43 PM EST2018-02-17 00:43:02 GMT
    Friday, February 16 2018 7:43 PM EST2018-02-17 00:43:02 GMT

    A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems.

    A powerful earthquake has shaken south and central Mexico, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, and setting off quake alert systems.

  • Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Missing man found dead at old mine in western Montana

    Friday, February 16 2018 10:36 PM EST2018-02-17 03:36:26 GMT
    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.
    Authorities say a man who was last seen in late January was found dead at an old mine in western Montana.
  • McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

    McDonald's moves cheeseburgers off Happy Meal menu

    Thursday, February 15 2018 5:56 PM EST2018-02-15 22:56:00 GMT
    Thursday, February 15 2018 6:17 PM EST2018-02-15 23:17:48 GMT

    McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

    McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants.

  • North Idaho man tries to make off with 40 ft long poles

    North Idaho man tries to make off with 40 ft long poles

    Saturday, February 17 2018 12:11 AM EST2018-02-17 05:11:05 GMT
    Kootenai County Sheriff's OfficeKootenai County Sheriff's Office

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho. - The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office arrested 47-year-old Brett K. Anderson of Post Falls, ID Thursday after he was reported to have been hitting on-coming cars with a large poles sticking out of his own vehicle in the area of N. Meyer Rd. and Hayden Ave. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered Anderson had stolen stole several 30-40’ long pieces of irrigation pipe from a nearby farm field and was 

Powered by Frankly

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.