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Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $1 million in funding available for Montana agriculture, proposals due by Feb. 15, 2018

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.2 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.

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Growers vote in favor of elimination by 3 to 1 margin

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn (1700 Fox Farm Rd.). Click here to view or download the agenda for the meeting.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

 

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).