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To protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

Montana Department of Agriculture Mission

Programs & Background

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) operates more than 30 programs, many funded entirely through user fees. These include regulatory programs that protect producers, consumers and the environment, as well as development and marketing programs to foster growth in Montana agriculture.

The Director's Office also serves as an advocate for Montana agriculture in national and international forums and works to make the department's programs accessible to the public. We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about what MDA offers, or contact the department for more information.

 

“ Agriculture is Montana's No. 1 industry, and changes are occurring that bring new opportunities and challenges for Montana producers and rural communities. As a longtime student of economics and change in agriculture, my goal is to work hard with family farmers and ranchers, entrepreneurs and agriculture-related industries to take advantage of the opportunities while minimizing the impacts of changes that adversely affect our industry.

Nearly three-fourths of cash receipts to Montana producers come from two sources, wheat and livestock, according to data from the Montana field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. These are solid agricultural sectors, and demand for the commodities is increasing worldwide. It would be even better, however, if we could keep more of the value of beef and wheat in Montana, rather than losing so much of it to high transportation costs and food processors located outside our borders.

Entrepreneurs are leading the way to produce more food items such as flour, pasta, baked goods, organic products and Montana-branded beef within our state. Bio-products offer exciting possibilities and the prospect of new crop diversification. Clustering new development to, for example, feed oilseed or ethanol byproducts at nearby feedlots is just one idea that holds great potential in Montana.

To present your ideas or get additional information, please contact me or any member of the Montana Department of Agriculture team.”

Ron de Yong - Director, MDA

Our Divisions

The Montana Department of Agriculture operates more than 30 programs, many funded entirely through user fees. These include regulatory programs that protect producers, consumers and the environment, as well as development and marketing programs to foster growth in Montana agriculture. The Director's Office also serves as an advocate for Montana agriculture in national and international forums and works to make the department's programs accessible to the public.
  • Click to learn more about the Montana Department of Agriculture Agricultural Development Division
    Agricultural Development Division
    The Agricultural Development Division is responsible for administering programs that promote and enhance Montana agriculture. Within the division are four bureaus: the Rural Development Bureau, the Wheat and Barley Bureau, the Agricultural Marketing and Business Development Bureau, and the Montana State Grain Laboratory Bureau.

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  • Click to learn more about the Montana Department of Agriculture Agricultural Sciences Division
    Agricultural Sciences Division
    The Agricultural Sciences Division provides agricultural, public and environmental services and protection through administration of the Montana laws and rules. Cooperative agreements with the USDA, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency provide services and jurisdiction in areas of interstate and international movement of plant materials, produce and feed; enforcement of FDA rules to prevent transmission of BSE disease in cattle; and the regulation of pesticide sales, use and production in Montana.

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  • Click to learn more about the Montana Department of Agriculture Central Services Division
    Central Services Division
    The Central Services Division provides accounting, budgeting, computer programming, fiscal management, human resources, payroll and benefits, public information, purchasing, property control, records management, systems analysis, training, website administration and legal support to all programs within the department.

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