Montana has deep roots in agriculture, and an organization, Growth Through Agriculture, is looking to sprout new ways to help farmers forge new paths for a productive and diverse future.
“The history of Montana is agriculture,” said Angie Nelson, manager of the Growth Through Agriculture program, noting how cattle, wheat, barley and other crops shaped the direction of the state.
To help agricultural producers realize new projects, the Montana Legislature in 1987 approved the Growth Through Agriculture program to provide loans and grants for original or expanding endeavors. In the 2000s, the program expanded with a renewed interest in creating more value-added products that can potentially increase profits significantly.
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