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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

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $1 million in funding available for Montana agriculture, proposals due by Feb. 15, 2018

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.2 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops.

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Growers vote in favor of elimination by 3 to 1 margin

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

Montana Food Show set for October 10th in Bozeman

More than 40 Montana fresh produce, meat, food and spirit companies will be showcasing their products

Montana Food Show set for October 10th in Bozeman

Bozeman, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the first annual Montana Food Show in Bozeman at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn on Tuesday October 10, 2017. More than 40 Montana fresh produce, meat, food and spirit companies will be showcasing their products to both professional buyers and the general public, with the goal of getting more Montana foods and beverages on Montana plates and in Montana glasses.

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

 

Cherry Research & Market Development Forms & Files

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