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15 December 2017
Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

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.

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.

21 November 2017
Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council (MOCAC), Wednesday, December 6th

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council (MOCAC), Wednesday, December 6th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 6th in Great Falls at the Celtic Cowboy (116 1st Ave. S.). The council will informally meet for dinner at 6:00 pm, and the public is invited to attend at their own expense. Click here to download the agenda for the meeting.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

27 October 2017
MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada last week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and to call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered last week in Denver, Colo. for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

18 October 2017
Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Office of Public Instruction are joining schools, community partners, and individuals across Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally-grown apples on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. for Montana Crunch Time.

10 October 2017
First annual Montana Food Show takes place in Bozeman

First annual Montana Food Show takes place in Bozeman

BOZEMAN - Tuesday marked the first ever Montana Food Show in Bozeman. Hosted by the Montana Department of Agriculture this food show featured more than 40 vendors. The goal for this food show was to get more Montana foods and beverages on Montana plates and in Montana glasses.

(From http://www.kulr8.com/story/36558883/first-annual-montana-food-show-takes-place-in-bozeman)

03 October 2017
October is National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month

Helena, Mont. – October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food producers. From the Trout to Tray program in Livingston, to the Garden to Cafeteria program in Hindsale, to Harvest of the Month taste tests in Geyser, there are great farm to school partnerships in every region of Montana. 

28 September 2017
Montana Food Show set for October 10th in Bozeman

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.

24 August 2017
Department to Hold Waste Pesticide Disposal Events in September

Department to Hold Waste Pesticide Disposal Events in September

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Disposal Event will be held in several locations across western Montana during September. The collection events will be held September 19 in Kalispell; September 20 in Missoula; September 21 in Helena; and September 22 in Dillon​.  The annual event has collected more than 561,136 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994. 

21 July 2017
New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant

New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant

Take a look at the new Montana Apples website, supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) from the Montana Department of Agriculture.
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