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Montana’s Agricultural Community Embracing Apprenticeships

Local Havre Farm Using Apprenticeships to Build their Workforce

Montana’s Agricultural Community Embracing Apprenticeships

HELENA, Mont.-As businesses across Montana continue to use apprenticeships to build their workforces, one local Havre farm is using this time-honored training model to teach organic farming operations. 

Montana made food products gain new marketplace in State Capitol

Several options available during 65th Legislative Session

Montana made food products gain new marketplace in State Capitol

Helena, Mont. – Folks working or attending the upcoming 65th Legislative Session will have new local food options to choose from. The Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Department of Administration, with support from the Legislative Services Division, collaborated to connect several Montana food companies with the Capitol food service company “Politically Correct” (located in the basement of the Capitol building) to provide local Montana snack food options for the upcoming legislative session.

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Montana Pulse Advisory Committee Public Meeting Notice

November 28, 2016 in Great Falls

Montana Pulse Advisory Committee Public Meeting Notice

The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on November 28, 2016 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, Montana. 

Governor Bullock & Department of Agriculture Announce $1.2 Million in Specialty Crop Block Grants

Funds will enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana

Governor Bullock & Department of Agriculture Announce $1.2 Million in Specialty Crop Block Grants

Helena, Mont. – Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture today announced nearly $1.2 million in sub-grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBG). The program and funds focus on bolstering Montana agriculture through defined specialty crops, including honey, apples, lentils, chickpeas, potatoes, and many more.

Proposals Sought for Pulse Research & Market Development Program

Proposals due November 15, 2016

Proposals Sought for Pulse Research & Market Development Program

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for the Montana Pulse Research & Market Development Program. Proposals should relate to demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s growing pulse industry.

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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