Montana Department of Agriculture logo

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

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

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

Agriculture: The backbone of Montana's Economy

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

    This folder is empty