Council selects Growth Through Agriculture projects


HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Agriculture Development Council has offered Growth Through Agriculture funding totaling $336,000 to eight agricultural development projects, according to council Chair David Tyler.


The Agriculture Development Council oversees the Growth Through Agriculture program, the source of funding the council uses for project investments. The goal of the GTA program is to provide financial assistance to develop new products or innovative ideas that enhance our state’s agricultural industry.
In the latest round, the council offered funding to:


-- Mission Mountain Laboratories, Inc., Arlee, $25,000 grant to assist with the expansion of lab services offered to include the dairy industry.

-- Miller Colony, Choteau, $50,000 grant and $100,000 loan to assist with the design and construction of a facility for production and processing of fresh Coho salmon products.

-- Montgomery Distillery, Inc., Lewistown, $40,000 loan to assist with the purchase of distillery equipment for the production of gin and vodka made from Montana grains.

-- Rocky Mountain Lavender and Essential Oils, Missoula, $15,000 grant to assist with the purchase of a still to expand production of lavender oil.

-- Lake County Community Development Corporation, Ronan, $35,000 grant to purchase equipment to increase processing efficiency for its farm-to-institution local foods program.

-- Sweet Grass Natural Lamb, Big Timber, $16,000 grant to assist with marketing and promotional activities of the cooperative’s lamb products.
-- Pioneer Meats, Big Timber, $30,000 loan to assist with the purchase of sausage processing equipment.

-- Trevino's Tortillas, Billings, $25,000 grant to assist with expansion costs to accommodate the increased demand for the company’s tortillas.


The Montana Agriculture Development Council heard presentations on 12 proposed projects at a scheduled business meeting held September 29 and 30 in Helena.  Council members are: David Tyler of Belgrade, chair; Ervin Schlemmer of Joliet, vice-chair;
Patricia Quisno of Harlem; Verges Aageson of Gildford; Bill Koenig of Kalispell; Ron de Yong, director of the Montana Department of Agriculture; Dore Schwinden, director of the Montana Department of Commerce.


The next deadline for project applications to the Growth Through Agriculture program is December 31, 2010.

For more information and application materials, contact Collin Watters, Growth Through Agriculture program manager, at the Montana Department of Agriculture, at (406) 444-2402 or by e-mail at


Published: October 8, 2010 4:50:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: September 14, 2011 3:55:12 PM MDT