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Montana Citizens to Help Streamline State Food Regulations

Public Meetings in Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings
 

Helena, Mont. – Three Montana state agencies and a group of citizen stakeholders have begun a public process, mandated by the 2013 State Legislature, of reviewing the state’s food laws and rules for inconsistencies and inefficiencies. House Bill 630, adopted by the 2013 Montana Legislature, also mandates examining the potential for a cottage food law in Montana. (http://leg.mt.gov/bills/2013/sesslaws/ch0300.pdf)

 

The Montana Departments of Agriculture, Public Health and Human Services, and Livestock will hold public meetings in January in Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings to receive public comment on their experience with application of the state’s food laws and rules. The results of this project will include a report to the Interim Economic Affairs Committee of the Montana Legislature and recommendations for changes to improve the state’s food regulatory environment.

 

The first meeting will be held in Missoula on Thursday, January 9th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the University of Montana campus, Continuing Educations Building (Todd Building), Room 204. The second meeting will take place at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St, on Monday, January 13th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The final meeting will be held in Billings at the Yellowstone County Courthouse Room 105, 217 N 27th St., Billings, on Tuesday, January 21st from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

Missoula Public Meeting
Thursday, January 9th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
University of Montana campus, Continuing Education Building (Todd Building), Room 204, southeast corner of the Unviersity Center.  Parking will be available adjacent to the building.

 

Bozeman Public Meeting
Monday, January 13th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Bozeman Public Library Large Meeting Room, 626 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715


Billings Public Meeting
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Yellowstone County Courthouse Room 105, 217 N. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101

 

For more information or to provide written comments, please contact Cort Jensen, Montana Department of Agriculture, at (406) 444-5402 or via email: cojensen@mt.gov. Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.

 
 

Contacts

 

Jayson O'Neill
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3684
E-mail: jaysononeill@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-5409

 

Published: December 12, 2013 11:37:00 AM MST.
Last Modified: January 7, 2014 3:06:00 PM MST