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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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Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $1 million in funding available for Montana agriculture, proposals due by Feb. 15, 2018

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.2 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops.

Certified Forage Tidbits

Seasonal Summary of the Montana Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program

Certified Forage Tidbits

After each growing season, the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (NWSFF) Program analyzes the number of acres inspected by field inspectors. The graph shows the season end summary for three years. This summer had a significant de-crease in straw acres inspected; one possible reason for fewer acres of certified straw produced may be the increased need of feed for cattle operations due to the extreme fire season Montana experienced. Two other decreases this year: new pro-ducers and total producer participa-tion. In 2016 there were 40 new pro-ducers and 191 producers participat-ing in the NWSFF Program.

Click here to view/download the complete Tidbits newsletter (PDF format).

MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Work will focus on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena

MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Helena, Mont. –We are looking for a marketing intern from May-August 2018. S/He will work on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena. Candidates can be current or former college students and/or adults with appropriate skills who are seeking experience working in agricultural marketing.

Click here for the full job posting on the State of Montana jobs website.

 

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Growers vote in favor of elimination by 3 to 1 margin

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn (1700 Fox Farm Rd.). Click here to view or download the agenda for the meeting.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council (MOCAC), Wednesday, December 6th

The Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council will meet at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6th in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council (MOCAC), Wednesday, December 6th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6th in Great Falls at the Celtic Cowboy (116 1st Ave. S.). The council will informally meet for dinner at 6:00 pm, and the public is invited to attend at their own expense. Click here to download the agenda for the meeting.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada last week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and to call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered last week in Denver, Colo. for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

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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