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The Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program was created by a vote of cherry producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act (MCA 80-11-5).

The Cherry Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture, which receives advice from the five-member Montana Cherry Advisory Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund demonstration projects, applied research and market development projects designed to address Montana's cherry industry needs and opportunities.

Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications
Lise Rousseau 34126 S. Finley
Polson, MT 59860
5/17/2017 Producer, Chair
Bruce Johnson 25835 Sunset Vista Lane
Big Fork, MT 59911
5/18/2018 Producer
Mark St Sauver 23258 MT Hwy 35
Big Fork, MT 59911
5/19/2018 Producer
John Nasgovitz 2535 Gilbert Ave
Missoula, MT 59802
5/20/2018 Producer
Cody Herring 31744 Yellow Bay Lane
Big Fork, MT 59911-0225
5/17/2017 Processing Representative, Vice-Chair

Cherry Program News

Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Montana Cherry Symposium will be held September 14, 2017

Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Polson, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Montana Cherry Advisory Committee will be hosting the Montana Cherry Symposium at the Kwa Tuq Nuk Resort in Polson on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The symposium will bring together cherry industry experts, and producers for a day packed with education on growing famous Flathead cherries. The symposium is sponsored by Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Glacier Fresh Cherries, Monson Fruit Company ,Westland Seed, Fat Robin Orchard, and Domex Superfresh Growers.

Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Nearly 20 companies participating this year

Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Great Falls, Mont.—The Montana Department of Agriculture will host the Grown in Montana Store at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls, July 28th through August 5th. The Grown in Montana Store will showcase value-added agriculture products that are grown in Montana and processed by Montana businesses. Nearly 20 Montana companies from all corners of the state will have products available for purchase.

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Over 70 markets listed statewide

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Helena, Mont. – As Montana thaws out and Spring comes into full swing, 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 2017 season and a directory is available online at 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.

Documents to download

Agricultural Development Division
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Cherry Research & Market Development Forms & Files

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