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09 March 2017

Preventive Controls for Animal Food Course June 6-8

Why is it important for industry to attend?

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Animal Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls, or is otherwise qualified through job experience to develop and apply a food safety system”. This course developed by the FSPCA is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI).”

17 February 2017
New 2017 Montana Pulses Buyers Guide, Crop Budget Projection Comparisons now available
10 February 2017
Department’s Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Severe Weather

Department’s Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Severe Weather

Helena, Mont. – With the record-breaking snowfall and severe weather conditions affecting many throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind folks that the Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to connect buyers and sellers of hay and pasture.

31 January 2017
Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) open for public comment

Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) open for public comment

The Montana Department of Agriculture Draft Managed Pollinator Protection Plan (MP3) is available online for public comment. Comments should be emailed to Natural Resource Program Manager Cam Lay at CLay2@mt.gov.
26 December 2016

Certified Forage Tidbits

19 December 2016
State Grain Lab Returns to Priority Service

State Grain Lab Returns to Priority Service

Great Falls, Mont. – Montana State Grain Lab inspectors have finished grading the backlog of samples from the 2016 harvest and the lab has returned to priority service. A higher number of samples coupled with staffing challenges made 2016 a busy year for the lab.

23 November 2016
Montana’s Agricultural Community Embracing Apprenticeships

Montana’s Agricultural Community Embracing Apprenticeships

HELENA, Mont.-As businesses across Montana continue to use apprenticeships to build their workforces, one local Havre farm is using this time-honored training model to teach organic farming operations. 

21 November 2016
Montana made food products gain new marketplace in State Capitol

Montana made food products gain new marketplace in State Capitol

Helena, Mont. – Folks working or attending the upcoming 65th Legislative Session will have new local food options to choose from. The Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Department of Administration, with support from the Legislative Services Division, collaborated to connect several Montana food companies with the Capitol food service company “Politically Correct” (located in the basement of the Capitol building) to provide local Montana snack food options for the upcoming legislative session.

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