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Formidable Farmer, photo by Todd Klassy, used with permission by the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Welcome to the Montana Department of Agriculture's collection of online information to help you Start a Farm or Food Business. If you are looking to start or expand your farming operation, or want to start or expand your food/agricultural manufactured product, these resources will get you started.

  • Ideas on what will grow, and how to grow it?
    Contact Montana University Extension -
  • Need start-up resources?
    Get off to a great start by contacting one of Montana’s Food and Agriculture Development Centers (FADCs) for ideas on how to develop your business plan or how to access financing -
  • Looking for ways to finance your business?
    Find them on our Grants & Loans page -
    And find more on our Marketing page under "Domestic Marketing" -
  • Ideas on how to sell your product?
    Find them on our Marketing page -
  • Are you a beginning farmer or rancher looking for support?
    Visit the Community Food Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) of Missoula County website -

Agricultural Development Division
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601