Valley County in the northeastern part of Montana has a total area of 5,062 square miles and a population of 7,437. The county borders Canada on the north, and Fort Peck Reservoir and the Fort Peck Dam form the southern county boundary. The Milk River and Porcupine Creek flow into the Missouri River downstream from the dam. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation encompasses much of the eastern portion of the county. The city of Glasgow is the county seat and incorporated towns include Fort Peck, Nashua, and Opheim.
Valley County is primarily rural with most of the land use devoted to agriculture. Land ownership is both public (65 percent) and private (35 percent). The major economy of the county is agriculture, including small grains, cattle, pulse crops, and hay. Native rangeland and planted pastures provide forage for livestock. The NRCS office, located in Glasgow, 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 Valley County Landowners
- Fort Peck Reservation Rangeland Improvement Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP)
- Transitioning Expired CRP into Grasslands Targeted Implementation Plan (TIP)
- Big Game Habitat Improvement RCPP Project (limited area)
- Migratory Bird Resurgence Initiative
- Save Our Soils Great Falls Area 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. Visit or call your local USDA Service Center, for more information on these and other programs, or see State Programs and Initiatives on the NRCS Montana webpage.