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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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Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought

Listings of Hay for Sale Online

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought
Helena, Mont. – With the severe drought conditions affecting many throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind folks that the Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to connect buyers and sellers of hay and pasture.

Changes to the Nursery Licensing Program Fee Structure

The 2017 Legislature has made changes

The 2017 Legislature has made changes to the Department of Agriculture's Nursery Licensing Program's license fee structure. Please see the chart below to determine what license category pertains to your business:

  • Not more than $5,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $25 license fee 
  • $5,001 to $75,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $135 license fee 
  • $75,001 to $150,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $200 license fee 
  • $150,001 to $250,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $300 license fee 
  • Over $250,000: $300 license fee
  • Landscape Service: $150
  • Sod Farmer: $220

Montana Food Show 2017: Buyer Registration available online

The show will take place on Tuesday October 10, 2017 in Bozeman

Montana Food Show 2017: Buyer Registration available online
Welcome to the Montana Food Show! Join us for our first annual Food and Beverage Tradeshow that will showcase 60 local Montana produce, meat, food, and spirit companies from every corner of our great state. Buyers can now register online (vendor registration coming soon) - click here for more info.

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmer’s Market

Market officially starts 6/13 and will run 2:30-6:30 every Tuesday

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmer’s Market

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the state Departments of Agriculture and Administration, will officially start Tuesday June 13th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees. 

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Fillable Electronic Forms and Applications Available at hail.mt.gov

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. – With Spring planting wrapping up throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is again reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by going to www.hail.mt.gov.  

Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Deadline extended to November 15, 2017

Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Helena, Mont. – The Agriculture Development Council met last week and voted to extend the deadline for the popular Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program, from September 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. The deadline was extended to allow more time for producers to apply for funding.

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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