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Monarchs & Milkweed: Creating Space For Pollinators presentation Wednesday, October 18 in Helena

At the Montana WILD Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Boulevard

Monarchs & Milkweed: Creating Space For Pollinators presentation Wednesday, October 18 in Helena

Monarch butterfly populations are in decline, largely due to a decline in habitat, specifically – milkweed. Join Montana WILD and the Endangered Species Coalition to create a “Monarch Waystation” by planting native milkweed around the Center. Biologist Glenn Marangelo from the Missoula Insectarium will give a short presentation on the life history and conservation status of the N. American monarch butterfly, after we create new habitat.

Click here to download the event flyer.

First annual Montana Food Show takes place in Bozeman

From KULR NBC 8.com

First annual Montana Food Show takes place in Bozeman

BOZEMAN - Tuesday marked the first ever Montana Food Show in Bozeman. Hosted by the Montana Department of Agriculture this food show featured more than 40 vendors. The goal for this food show was to get more Montana foods and beverages on Montana plates and in Montana glasses.

(From http://www.kulr8.com/story/36558883/first-annual-montana-food-show-takes-place-in-bozeman)

October is National Farm to School Month

MDA joins statewide partners in celebrating connections between producers and schools

October is National Farm to School Month

Helena, Mont. – October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food producers. From the Trout to Tray program in Livingston, to the Garden to Cafeteria program in Hindsale, to Harvest of the Month taste tests in Geyser, there are great farm to school partnerships in every region of 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
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  • New applicants can apply at any time.
  • Submit fees to the Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program.
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  • Producers: Submit by March 15.
  • Handlers: Submit by September 15.
  • Submissions must be received by those dates to avoid incurring a late fee.
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  • Provide access to all production records.
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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).