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Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at K-12 schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. 40% of Montana school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

Montana Farm to School is a collaboration between the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, and other partners.

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Montana Ag News

Montana Department of Agriculture Selected as National Farm to School Network Montana Partner

MDA expanding efforts to connect kids to local food

Montana Department of Agriculture Selected as National Farm to School Network Montana Partner

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been selected as a 2017-2019 National Farm to School Network Montana Supporting Partner, providing new opportunities to expand efforts to connect children to local food, school gardens and food and agriculture education in Montana.

MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

April is Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are reminding Montanans about the dangers of invasive pests during the month of April, which has been designated as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts.

Montana Ag Facts update from NASS

Montana Ag Facts update from NASS
Check out MDA's Ag Facts page to view the latest Montana info and data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and learn more about the impact of ag in the Treasure State.

Montana Department of Agriculture & Montana Wheat and Barley Committee set to visit Japan

Visits will be centered on trade and market development

Montana Department of Agriculture & Montana Wheat and Barley Committee set to visit Japan

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas and Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MWBC) Executive Vice President Collin Watters are set to visit Japan April 14-20. The trip will involve visits with several millers and government officials and will demonstrate the value Montana places on the trade relationship while also highlighting the state’s willingness to build on the outstanding, long-term business relationship. The group will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-state relationship with Montana and Kumamoto.

2017 Farmer's Market Guide coming soon

Contact Steph Hystad at <a href="mailto:shystad@mt.gov">shystad@mt.gov</a> or (406) 444-5425 to include your market

2017 Farmer's Market Guide coming soon
Visit the Farmer's Market page for more info on markets in Montana.