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Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

Montana Ag Facts update from NASS

Montana Ag Facts update from NASS
Check out MDA's Ag Facts page to view the latest Montana info and data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and learn more about the impact of ag in the Treasure State.

2017 Farmer's Market Guide coming soon

Contact Steph Hystad at <a href="mailto:shystad@mt.gov">shystad@mt.gov</a> or (406) 444-5425 to include your market

2017 Farmer's Market Guide coming soon
Visit the Farmer's Market page for more info on markets in Montana.

 

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

Fill Out Application Forms (Application, System Plan(s), and Land Application)
  • Forms can be found on the Forms page.
Application, Fees & Deadlines
  • Complete applications or renewals.
  • New applicants can apply at any time.
  • Submit fees to the Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program.
    • Debit card/credit card payments are accepted - please call (406) 444-7804.
  • Producers: Submit by March 15.
  • Handlers: Submit by September 15.
  • Submissions must be received by those dates to avoid incurring a late fee.
Information/Documentation
  • If we have a question regarding your application or need additional information or documentation we will contact you.
Record Keeping
  • Establish and maintain records that verify production and handling.
Inspection
  • Scheduled by inspector.
  • Provide access to all production records.
  • Provide access to all production or handling sites.
Updates
Review/Appeal/Correction/Final Certification
Informational Links

 

  1. Seed Labels and Purchase Invoices or Receipts
  2. Seed Search Documentation (at least 3)
  3. Material Labels for those that are Used – Inoculants, Weed and Pest Control, Soil Amendments, Fertilizers, etc.
  4. Livestock Feed and Supplements Labels and Purchase Invoices/Receipts (if applicable)
  5. Livestock Feeding Records (if applicable)
  6. Pasture Management Records (if applicable)
  7. Field Activity Records/Field History Records
  8. Planting & Harvest Dates
  9. Yields
  10. Crop Storage Records/Bins
  11. Sales Invoices, Bills of Lading, Scale Tickets
  12. Crop & Acreage Plan (available on the Forms page) (New & Renewal)
  13. Detailed Maps size 8 ½ x 11 Google Color Preferred
  14. Photos as Applicable for Verification
  1. Receiving Documents for All Ingredients (purchase orders, purchase invoices, freight bill of lading, scale tickets)
  2. Production Records
  3. Recipes or Current Product Profiles (available on the Forms page)
  4. Current Organic Certificates from Ingredient Suppliers
  5. Equipment Clean-out and Purge Logs
  6. Sales Invoices & Bills of Lading
  7. Material Invoices (Cleaning, Packaging Materials etc.)
  8. Ingredient and Final Product Inventory Reports
  9. Shrink Log
  10. Pest Control Log and Labels for Materials used for Pest Control
  11. Detailed Sales by Item Reports for Organic Products (available on the Forms page)

Ten Steps to Transition Checklist: Written for prospective producers, this checklist outlines 10 steps for transitioning to organic certification. This easy-to-scan handout, in both English and Spanish, introduces new farmers to the certification process. Materials also include sample documents for organizations that want to host their own "Certification Made Simple" Workshops. Produced by USDA AMS with the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF).