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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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Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Over 70 markets throughout Montana; directory available online

Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Helena, Mont. – With Spring weather throughout Montana kicking into high gear, farmers and ranchers are offering fresh, local produce, meats, and value-added foods at Farmers Markets throughout the state. Over 70 Farmers Markets are registered with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the 2018 season and a directory is available online at farmersmarkets.mt.gov. Montana Farmers Markets are community events that are well attended by locals and tourists alike, as many markets host food trucks, activities for kids and families, and craft vendors in addition to local agriculture stands.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Meeting via conference call - join by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30th via conference call. Those wishing to join by phone can join the meeting by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894. Those unable to join via their own phone are invited to sit in on the call at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts) in Conference Room 225.

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

Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

The meeting will be held at Comfort Inn, 455 McKinley Ave, Shelby, MT

Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

Click here for the draft meeting agenda. Meeting details:

  • Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting
  • July 11, 2018
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location - Comfort Inn, 455 McKinley Ave., Shelby, M

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

What vertebrate animals have damaged your crops?

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to gather information from lentil growers who have, are or will be suffering damage from vertebrate pests. As part of the MDA’s vertebrate pest program, Department staff gathers information and photos related to certain pests and the damages they cause to certain crops. This information helps the Department develop training materials, which in turn are used to educate producers to help them more easily identify and manage vertebrate pests.

Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Important news for Montana's ag industry: Governor Bullock has issued an executive order exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations to help meet fertilizer delivery demands. Click here for the full executive order.

Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Closes May 29, 2018

Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

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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