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Shelly Rolando

USDA - Farm Services Agency
Farm Program Chief
Bozeman, MT
I am a Chief Agricultural Program Specialist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Bozeman, Montana. FSA assists farmers and ranchers with stabilizing income, conserving land and recovering from natural disasters. I oversee the Risk Management Division for the Montana FSA which administers ARC-PLC, disaster and compliance programs through a network of 48 local FSA offices across Montana.
I began my career with FSA in November 1999 as an administrative program technician in the state office. I then served as an office clerk in the Gallatin County FSA Office in Bozeman until August 2000 when I was promoted to a program technician position which I served for five years until March 2006 when I was promoted to Agricultural Program Specialist in the state office managing several risk management programs. In May 2011, I was promoted to my current position as Chief Agricultural Program Specialist.

I previously served as a farm worker, research aide, and laboratory technician at the Montana State University Agricultural Experiment Station. I graduated in 1998 from Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.

This week I will discuss the many programs which FSA administers with the primary focus being on the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). NAP provides financial assistance to producers of non-insurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting. OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers who are obtaining organic certification for the first time or renewing their previous certification.