Export Marketing Assistance
Consumers around the world recognize the United States as a reliable supplier of the highest quality food and agriculture products. As purchasing power increases and the demand for new food products grows, sales opportunities abound in global markets.
As the Montana Department of Agriculture’s International Marketing Office, we work hand-in-hand with Montana businesses to provide training on entering international markets, develop personalized export development plans, organize trade missions, and assist in the attendance of international trade shows.
Our assistance is directed toward Montana companies that produce value-added agricultural products, ingredients for the food service industry, bulk commodities other than wheat and barley, livestock genetics, and any agricultural-based product destined for retail sales.
As a member of the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), we provide valuable trade contacts and market research. In addition, we can help Montana companies secure federal financing for international promotional efforts through WUSATA’s Branded Program, and we also work in coordination with the Montana Department of Commerce.
Export Research Center
Once you have successfully established yourself in the Montana and the U.S. market, or if you offer a specialty product, you may want to consider expanding into the international arena. While the prospect of entering the export world may seem daunting, there are many resources and experts to help you along the way. Three important items you'll need are market research, buyer contacts, and logistical information on packaging, pricing, and financing. In addition to the Montana Department of Agriculture, explore the resources below.
Agricultural Trade Offices
To help U.S. agricultural exporters, the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) operates a network of Agricultural Trade Offices (ATOs) in the major markets of Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. These offices specialize in promoting U.S. agricultural products and helping U.S. exporters gain a foothold in new markets. The ATOs supply U.S. exporters with up-to-the-minute information on the market, potential customers, and promotional opportunities.
Montana International Trade & Relations Office
With Trade Offices in our Sister State of Kumamoto, Japan, Montana companies have the benefit of a knowledgeable trade representative who can assist with market research, buyer introductions, translation, and clarifying import regulations and tariffs in the Japanese market.
International Marketing Assistance Grants are now available from the Montana Department of Commerce to provide financial assistance to qualified Montana small businesses for international marketing efforts in beginning exporting or market expansion.
The WUSATA also provides funding assistance to companies for international marketing and promotional activities.
Upcoming Export Events
The following events are being planned by the Montana Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association or United States Livestock Genetic Export, Inc. These activities are supported with funds from the USDA's Market Access Program (MAP):
- No events currently listed.
For more export events, refer to the WUSATA website and the USDA Market Access Program.