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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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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings

Upcoming Trainings in Butte, Havre, Billings, and Kalispell

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings

Do you grow, harvest, pack or hold fruits and vegetables? Do you want to learn more about produce safety practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? Attend an upcoming training! 

Click here for complete list of training dates, locations, and for links to register online.

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2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings

March 5, 2018 - March 9, 2018 in Helena

2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will hold the 2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings March 5 to March 9 at the Wingate of Helena, 2007 N Oakes. 

Click here for more information on the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program, and click here for a full agenda for the 2018 hearings.

MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting petitions for new plants to be added to the Montana Noxious Weed List. Interested parties who feel that a plant should be listed as a noxious weed in Montana can fill out a petition form (found at agr.mt.gov/weeds) and send it to Dave Burch at dburch@mt.gov

MDA Awarded USDA Quality Samples Program Grant for Beef Genetics

Grant will help Department with market development activities

MDA Awarded USDA Quality Samples Program Grant for Beef Genetics

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been awarded $52,158 from USDA’s Quality Samples Program (QSP) to further develop the market for U.S. beef genetics in Nicaragua. Through January 2020, MDA will use the funds to send semen and embryos from Montana ranches to Nicaragua.

Request for Proposals: Montana Pulse Market Development Grant Program

Proposals due by March 1st, 2018

Request for Proposals: Montana Pulse Market Development Grant Program

Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

Proposals due February 2, 2018

Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee is seeking proposals for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s alfalfa seed industry. Proposals are due February 2, 2018.

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.

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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