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The Montana Department of Agriculture manages more than 30 programs, from marketing and business development to licensing and regulating activities to protecting agricultural producers, consumers and the environment. Explore our featured programs below, or use the main menu to browse all MDA programs and services.

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Ag Mediation Program available from the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA

Ag Mediation Program available from the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA
Mediation is a process that helps disputing parties come together and have an open, honest and confidential discussion about the issues. A trained mediator helps the parties explore options that are available to them and find an end to the conflict through mutually agreed upon solutions. The mediator does not act as a judge, deciding who is right or wrong. The parties themselves control the result of the mediation and any agreement that is developed. Mediation is another tool to help agricultural producers and natural resource managers make wise decisions.

Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Montana Cherry Symposium will be held September 14, 2017

Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Polson, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Montana Cherry Advisory Committee will be hosting the Montana Cherry Symposium at the Kwa Tuq Nuk Resort in Polson on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The symposium will bring together cherry industry experts, and producers for a day packed with education on growing famous Flathead cherries. The symposium is sponsored by Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Glacier Fresh Cherries, Monson Fruit Company ,Westland Seed, Fat Robin Orchard, and Domex Superfresh Growers.

Job Opening - Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

Closes August 31, 2017

Job Opening - Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator
The Department of Agriculture is seeking an Administrator for our Agricultural Sciences Division. Click here for full position details, and visit our Employment page to view all currently open positions.

Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Helena, Mont. – Producers in Montana affected by drought and fire are now eligible to participate in the first ever hay lottery. Ag Community Relief, is organizing a large-scale hay donation convoy to North Dakota to aid producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The first convoy of hay will be delivered in mid-August but more deliveries could arrive as the group continues to fundraise and seek donations and volunteers. The donated hay will be delivered to North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, N.D. Any other individuals or organizations willing to donate hay or trucking for the hay lottery should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Drought Hotline at 701-425-8454.

Hay haulers needed for donated hay

Significant need for hauling from Western Montana to fire- and drought-affected Eastern Montana

Helena, Mont. – Hay donations throughout the state and country have continued to pour in as producers assess damage and recover from the fire and drought conditions in Eastern Montana. Now, hay haulers are needed to help get these donations to Eastern Montana. There is currently a significant need to haul donated hay from Western Montana.

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Resources and prgroams to help affected ag producers

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Helena, Mont. – As drought conditions worsen and fires burn throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture has launched the Agriculture Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline. The hotline will serve as a tool to help connect those affected to available resources, programs and donations, as well as to provide information on how others can help. Questions related to hay/feed donations, livestock, fencing, and transportation can be directed to the hotline. The hotline number is 1-844-515-1571 and the line will be staffed 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Click here for more resources, programs and links to assist those affected by fire and drought.

Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Nearly 20 companies participating this year

Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Great Falls, Mont.—The Montana Department of Agriculture will host the Grown in Montana Store at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls, July 28th through August 5th. The Grown in Montana Store will showcase value-added agriculture products that are grown in Montana and processed by Montana businesses. Nearly 20 Montana companies from all corners of the state will have products available for purchase.

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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