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Montana’s ag director to lead virus aid program

He will recommend to the governor how to distribute over $1.5 billion in federal funds.

May 18, 2021

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Tim Hearden

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte has appointed Mike Foster, the director of the state Department of Agriculture, to lead the program responsible for allocating federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Christy Clark, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture, will assume the role of acting director for the department.

“A proven, trusted leader, Mike will direct the state’s ARPA program to meet our immediate and long-term needs,” Gianforte said. “Mike will ensure we spend these funds responsibly to help guide us through the pandemic and invest in long-term critical infrastructure projects.”

Working with state agencies and ARPA commissions, Foster will recommend to the governor how to distribute over $1.5 billion in federal funds. The governor will allocate the funds in compliance with ARPA and House Bill 632.

“I was honored when Governor Gianforte asked me to serve in his Cabinet as the director of the Department of Agriculture, and I am honored again that he has named me to take on this new position,” ARPA program director Mike Foster said. “Our team is excited to work hard and collaborate with others to maximize the federal funds for the people and economy of Montana.”

Prior to joining the Gianforte administration, Foster served as state executive director of the Montana USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). As executive director, Foster helped Montana producers overcome difficult challenges – including drought, wildfires, trade barriers, and the pandemic – through FSA support.

Source: Montana Department of Agriculture, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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