McCone County, located in central northeastern Montana, encompasses 2,683 square miles. The Missouri River forms the county’s northern boundary and Fort Peck Lake lies on its western border. Most of the 1,675 residents in McCone County live on farms and ranches. Circle, the county’s largest town, has a population of 614. The majority of land in the county is privately owned.
The McCone County climate features hot, dry summers, relatively low precipitation, and cold, dry winters. Wheat, corn for grain, pulses, and forage are the primary crops raised.The NRCS office, located in Circle, 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 McCone County Landowners
- Maximizing Conversion of Expired CRP to Healthy, Productive Grazing Land Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP)
- Improving Grazingland Health and Ranch Viability in Southern McCone County Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP)
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.