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Montana Pulse Advisory Committee Meeting Friday, April 7th

10:00 a.m. in Helena at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts, Room 225)

Montana Pulse Advisory Committee Meeting Friday, April 7th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Friday, April 7th in Helena at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts) in room 225. An agenda will be posted on the Department’s website when it becomes available.

Agriculture: The backbone of Montana's Economy

2017 MDA Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training

2017 MDA Pesticide Applicator Recertification Training

Through the Spring, the Montana Department of Agriculture is sponsoring Pesticide Recertification Training for pesticide applicators and/or pesticide dealers. Click here to view full registration and schedule information (.pdf format).

Submit to the MDA Ag Business Directory online

Submit to the MDA Ag Business Directory online

Submit to the Ag Business Directory to stay informed about exciting new marketing and sales opportunities from the marketing and business development staff here at the Montana Department of Agriculture.

In an ongoing effort to keep up with you and your business, our team plans to continue making regional in-person visits and to increase video and phone consultations throughout the year. To do this, we need to have an up-to-date directory of our Montana companies so that we can be in touch when we’re in town and keep you informed of trade shows, finance options, and other opportunities to grow and sustain your business. At your earliest convenience, please fill out and submit the Submit to the Ag Business Directory online form so we can keep you in the loop. This directory is internal and only used to contact companies about upcoming marketing opportunities.

Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course June 6-8

In order for state inspectors to perform FDA contracted Preventive Control Animal Food (PCAF) inspections, it is a requirement that state inspectors complete the FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food course

Why is it important for industry to attend?

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system”. This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI).”

The Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program is currently accepting funding proposals

Proposals are accept through April 7, 2017

The Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program is currently accepting funding proposals
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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