Mont. FSA: Vilsack appoints Moiese rancher to USDA Farm Service Agency State Committee
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has appointed a new member to the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee in Montana, FSA State Executive Director Bruce Nelson announced today.
Anita Matt, an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), was appointed to a one-year term replacing outgoing state committee member Hans McPherson. Matt was recommended to the position by Montana’s Senior United States Senator Jon Tester.
For 31 years, she and her husband Louis have managed their family ranch on the Flathead Indian Reservation. She has worked for the CSKT tribal government for 28 years, serving as land and realty services program manager for the past 10 years. Matt serves as chair of the Flathead Conservation District. Matt also serves on the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) executive board as the president for the Rocky Mountain Region, which represents eight tribes in Montana and Wyoming. She works part-time as a technical assistance specialist with IAC. Previously, Matt served as regional coordinator for the National FSA American Indian Credit Outreach Initiative with National Tribal Development Association. She received two associate degrees and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and agriculture at Salish Kootenai College and University of Montana.
“We’re pleased to welcome Anita Matt to the FSA State Committee,” Nelson said. “Anita’s ranching experience and her strong commitment to agriculture will make her a valuable committee member. The State Committee has long been dedicated to helping farmers and ranchers build and maintain successful operations.”
The five-person State Committee oversees the activities of the agency, including carrying out FSA’s agricultural programs, resolving appeals from the agricultural community and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs. Matt joins Committee members Steve Carney, of Scobey, who serves as committee chair, Floyd Dahlman, of Forsyth, Kelly Flaherty-Settle, of Canyon Creek, and Patricia Quisno, of Fort Belknap.
McPherson, a diversified farmer from Stevensville, served on the state committee for five years. He was recently elected as vice-president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), and previously served as the vice chairman of the Ravalli County FSA county committee from 2006 to 2009, chairman of the board of directors of the Supply Ditch Association in his hometown, and as a MFBF board member.
FSA, with state headquarters in Bozeman, administers federal disaster assistance, commodity, price support, conservation and farm loan programs to farmers and ranchers across Montana through 48 local offices. The State Committee’s 2015 meeting schedule is March 16-18; June 9-10, Sept. 15-16 and Dec. 8-9. For more information, please visit Montana FSA online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/mt.