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New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant

New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant
Take a look at the new Montana Apples website, supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) from the Montana Department of Agriculture.

2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule

2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule
Click here to view/download the 2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule Newsletter (.pdf format), including dates, registration requirements, fees, legislative changes, and much more, and visit the Pesticide Applicator Training page for additional information.

Producers Reminded to Sign Up to Receive 2017 Census of Agriculture

Deadline is Friday, June 30th

Producers Reminded to Sign Up to Receive 2017 Census of Agriculture

Helena, Mont. – Producers throughout Montana are being reminded to sign up to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. New producers or those who did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 can sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report by clicking here and signing up by June 30th, 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought

Listings of Hay for Sale Online

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought
Helena, Mont. – With the severe drought conditions affecting many throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind folks that the Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to connect buyers and sellers of hay and pasture.

Changes to the Nursery Licensing Program Fee Structure

The 2017 Legislature has made changes

The 2017 Legislature has made changes to the Department of Agriculture's Nursery Licensing Program's license fee structure. Please see the chart below to determine what license category pertains to your business:

  • Not more than $5,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $25 license fee 
  • $5,001 to $75,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $135 license fee 
  • $75,001 to $150,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $200 license fee 
  • $150,001 to $250,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $300 license fee 
  • Over $250,000: $300 license fee
  • Landscape Service: $150
  • Sod Farmer: $220

Montana Food Show 2017: Buyer Registration available online

The show will take place on Tuesday October 10, 2017 in Bozeman

Montana Food Show 2017: Buyer Registration available online
Welcome to the Montana Food Show! Join us for our first annual Food and Beverage Tradeshow that will showcase 60 local Montana produce, meat, food, and spirit companies from every corner of our great state. Buyers can now register online (vendor registration coming soon) - click here for more info.

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmer’s Market

Market officially starts 6/13 and will run 2:30-6:30 every Tuesday

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmer’s Market

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the state Departments of Agriculture and Administration, will officially start Tuesday June 13th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees. 

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Montana Ag by the Numbers

In a state where cattle outnumber people, agriculture is our business. In fact, it is Montana’s number one industry and growing.

$4.4

Billion Industry

28,008

Farms & Ranches

59.7

Million Acres

1

State Rank in
Organic Wheat
Production