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Open country with both rangeland and cropland in Hill County, Montana

Hill County

Hill County in north central Montana lies along the United States border with Canada. The Milk River enters the northwest part of the county from Canada and runs southeast across the county. The county has a population of 16,500 with two incorporated towns: Havre and Hingham. Located within Havre are both Montana State University (MSU)-Northern and the MSU Northern Agricultural Research Center (NARC). In the southeastern portion of the county lies the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, held by the federally recognized Chippewa-Cree Tribe.

The county contains 2,917 square miles, of which 65 percent is cropland. Range and pastureland represent 30 percent of the land area, and forest or developed land cover the remaining 5 percent. Hill County is recognized for its agricultural production of spring wheat, winter wheat and barley. Livestock production, including cattle, hogs and sheep, is also an important local agricultural sector. The NRCS office, located in Havre and also serving the Chippewa-Cree tribe, offers voluntary technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in natural resource conservation based on a focused approach using long range planning with local input.


Current Financial Assistance Opportunities for Hill County Landowners​

In addition to these local projects, producers may also apply for statewide programs such as the Conservation Stewardship Program, national Environmental Quality Incentives Program initiatives, and conservation easement programs. For more information on these and other programs, see State Programs and Initiatives on the NRCS Montana webpage.

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