The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications July 13-24, 2020, for the St. Mary Livestock Project focused to producers in Glacier County negatively affected by the lack of water in the St. Mary Canal during the 2020 grazing season. Producers within two miles of the St. Mary Canal and the Milk River from the St. Mary Diversion to the Canadian border may be eligible.

A failure of drop structure five on the St. Mary Canal is affecting livestock producers along a 30-mile stretch of the canal through reduced water quantity and quality. Inadequate water supply has the potential to cause degraded rangeland health due to the difficulty in properly distributing livestock grazing across pastures.

“NRCS is providing the opportunity for financial and technical assistance to impacted producers through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP),” said Stacy Denny Eneboe, Supervisory District Conservationist for the NRCS field offices in Conrad, Browning, and Cut Bank. “This assistance will alleviate an immediate concern for these ranchers managing Montana’s working lands and may provide long term benefits and flexibilities in established livestock grazing systems.”

While NRCS accepts EQIP applications on a continuous basis, applications for this project’s funding period must be submitted by July 24, 2020.

As the NRCS field office in Browning is currently closed, producers should visit the Cut Bank or Conrad offices for more information and to sign up. Call the office to make an appointment for assistance:

Cut Bank Service Center: 406-873-4292

Conrad Service Center: 406-278-7611

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