Organic Program Goals
- Provide professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to producers and handlers.
- Facilitate the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
- Protect consumers by monitoring and enforcing compliance with state and federal laws governing organic production, handling and product labeling.
The program is an accredited USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program.
The program facilitates international marketing of organic products with Canada, the European Union, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Switzerland.
Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council
The eight-member Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee advises the department on the operation of the state's Organic Certification Program. Under Montana administrative rules, the department director serves on the committee, along with certified organic producers, a certified organic handler, and a consumer representative.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) offers resources to make organic certification more accessible, affordable, and attainable. These resources help farms and businesses understand the USDA organic standards, certification process, and inspections in more depth. To receive regular updates from the USDA NOP, subscribe to the USDA Organic Insider.
Webinars on the latest in organic farming practices and research are available through eXtension.org, a part of the cooperative university extension system.
Check back, more organic education information coming soon! Please contact the MDA Organic Program for information or assistance.