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Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry

Montana Leads Nation in Pulse Production

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry
Helena, Mont. – As Montana cements its status as the nation’s leader in pulse production, a duo of bills signed recently by Governor Bullock aim to advance the burgeoning sector of Montana’s ag economy. HB 614 and SB 285 will incentivize growth in pulse-processing infrastructure throughout the state and give more structure to the state’s pulse checkoff program. Montana leads the nation in pulse production, with over 1 million acres planted in 2016. Pulses (peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils) are a versatile crop that promote biodiversity, improve soil health and generate income from local and global markets.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications

This program is a tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications
The Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, is now accepting application for their Veteran Farmer Training Program. Through the Veteran Farmer Training Program, Rodale Institute helps provide livelihoods to our returning veterans.

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2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Over 70 markets listed statewide

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Helena, Mont. – As Montana thaws out and Spring comes into full swing, farmers and ranchers are offering fresh, local produce, meats, and value-added foods at Farmers Markets throughout the state. Over 70 Farmers Markets are registered with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the 2017 season and a directory is available online at farmersmarkets.mt.gov. Montana Farmers Markets are community events that are well attended by locals and tourists alike, as many markets host food trucks, activities for kids and families, and craft vendors in addition to local agriculture stands.

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

USDA Organic Cost Share

The current Farm Bill provided funding for the Organic Cost Share Program. The Cost Share Program provides reimbursement for 75% of Organic Certification costs or $750 maximum for each certification scope (Crops, Livestock, Wild Crops, and Handling).

The Cost Share Program is administered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. New applicants are eligible for the Cost Share Program as long as they provide their Organic Certificate.

Additional fees, such as late fees or other penalty fees, are not eligible for reimbursement. 

To apply, please fill out the application form below. Mail a copy of the signed application and supporting documentation to our office by the deadline of October 30, 2017:

Montana Department of Agriculture
Organic Certification Program
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201

Supporting documentation must be submitted with your application in order to issue payment. Applications submitted without the supporting documentation will be considered incomplete.

Supporting documentation includes:

  • Invoices or Receipts itemizing certification costs
  • Notice of Certification or Certificate
  • W-9 form

If you have any questions about fee eligibility or eligibility of your operation please contact our office.