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21 June 2018
Waste Pesticide Disposal Collections in Central Montana September 2018

Waste Pesticide Disposal Collections in Central Montana September 2018

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Waste Disposal collections will be held in several locations across central Montana during September:

  • September 18, 2018 in Havre
  • September 19,2018  in Great Falls
  • September 20, 2018  in Bozeman 
  • September 21, 2018  in Columbus​

Visit the Pesticide Waste Disposal Program page for more info, or click here to register online

11 June 2018
Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by St. Peter’s Health and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s second season Tuesday June 12th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

07 June 2018
Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. – With hailstorms picking up throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by going to www.hail.mt.gov

30 May 2018
Capitol Square Farmers Market begins 2nd Season

Capitol Square Farmers Market begins 2nd Season

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers will again have the opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by St. Peter’s Health and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will launch its second season on Tuesday June 5th from 2:30-6:30 pm. The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market is put on in partnership with the Montana Departments of Agriculture and Administration.

25 May 2018
Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Helena, Mont. – With Spring weather throughout Montana kicking into high gear, 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 2018 season and a directory is available online at farmersmarkets.mt.gov. 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.

05 May 2018
USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. The standard will provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about their food and avoid a patchwork system of state or private labels that could be confusing for consumers and would likely drive up food costs.

Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC 20250; Fax: (202) 690-0338.

The deadline for comments is July 3, 2018.

The proposed rule previewed in the May 3, Federal Register.

02 May 2018
From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

On April 27, 2018, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018. Access the proposed rule (click here) for more information on how to submit comments.

30 April 2018
Springtime Farmers Markets

Springtime Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets play a valuable role in promoting healthy communities in Montana. Find the most up-to-date information about market locations for the 2018 season at the Abundant Montana Directory, or visit our Farmer's Markets page for more info.

There are also great market listings available on the Montana Department of Commerce VisitMT.com site.

22 February 2018
Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Hello Montana Growers!

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule is in place (and was adopted by the Montana legislature) and is being implemented. The Montana Department of Agriculture has received a grant to provide support and technical assistance regarding produce safety to farmers. Food safety regulations are changing, and we want to ensure you have the information you need to be successful.

In coming weeks, we will be conducting brief phone calls to gain a better understanding of the number and scale of produce growers in the state. If you would rather submit your information through an online form, please go to www.foodsafety.mt.gov and click on “Submit Info for the Food Safety Modernization Act Inventory”, or, if you are unsure if the Produce Safety Act applies to you and your farm, click on "Determine if the Produce Safety Rule Applies to You" to answer a few questions and automatically see if you are exempt or if the law applies to you.

If you have questions, please call 406-444-0131 or email foodsafety@mt.gov.

Thank you from the Montana Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program

07 December 2017
Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

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.

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