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Quick Info

You can learn more about the certification process under the How to be Certified tab below.

New applicants can apply at anytime, and renewal applications are due on the following dates:

Refer to additional due dates below on the Forms tab.

Montana ranks 1st among states in production of certified organic wheat, and 2nd in organic dry peas, lentils and flax.

Find a specific certified organic farm or business, or search for an operation with specific characteristics at the USDA Organic INTEGRITY Database.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced at the end of 2015 that they will extend the organic farmer exemption from conventional commodity checkoffs to ALL organic farmers, effective February 29, 2016. Organic farmers are no longer required to pay into conventional checkoff promotion programs that promote conventional products directly competing with their organic products.

For more information:

Organic Program Goals

  1. Provide professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to producers and handlers.
  2. Facilitate the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
  3. 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 new 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.

Board Members
Name City Phone Email Term End Qualifications
Currently Vacant Helena (406) 444-3156 agr@mt.gov   Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Allison Harmon Bozeman (406) 994-4133 harmon@montana.edu 8/19/2018 Organic Consumer
Matt Johnson Hinsdale (406) 648-5407 jriorganic@gmail.com 8/19/2016 Organic Producer
Ty O'Connor Broadus (406) 554-3412 oconnorranch@yahoo.com 8/19/2017 Organic Producer
Catherine Odden Dutton (406) 463-2410 mocao2410@gmail.com 8/19/2017 At Large Representative
Karl Sutton Polson (406) 883-0974 freshrootsorganicfarm@gmail.com 8/19/2018 Organic Producer
Mark Smith Lavina (406) 667-2332 mark@aspen-island-ranch.com 8/19/2018 Organic Livestock Producer
Sam Schmidt   Great Falls   (800) 548-8554  sam@montanamilling.com   8/19/2019   Organic Handler

Resources

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

Webinars on the latest in organic farming practices and research are available through eXtension.org, a part of the cooperative university extension system.

Online Resources

Education

Check back, more organic education information coming soon! Please contact the MDA Organic Program for information or assistance.

Technical Assistance Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Technical Assistance Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Montana Department of Agriculture will host an online Technical Assistance session for those interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG).

The session is available through the online meeeting service GoToMeeting using the following information:

Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/369707133
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2073
Access code: 369-707-133

Documents to download

Open Q&A Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Open Q&A Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Montana Department of Agriculture will host an online Question and Answer session for those interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG).

The session is available through the online meeeting service GoToMeeting using the following information:

Wednesday Feb 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/385980685
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2073
Access code: 385-980-685

Documents to download

Montana Department of Agriculture requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Nearly $1.3 million in funding available for Montana agriculture

Montana Department of Agriculture requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.3 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. 

 

MDA Organic Certification Program
Phone : (406) 444-7804
E-mail : agrorganic@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9466
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601