Montana Department of Agriculture logo

Organic News

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.

Documents to download

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.

Documents to download

 

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

Guidelines for Completing & Submitting Forms

IMPORTANT: Please read these instructions prior to completing any forms.

  • For all forms in all formats, download/save form files to your computer first before you begin filling them out.
  • Microsoft Word and Excel documents can be completed electronically for mailing or emailing, but have larger file sizes and slower download times.
  • Adobe (PDF) documents can also be completed electronically for mailing or emailing and have smaller files sizes and faster download times.
    Note: PDF documents require Adobe Reader. Download a free version of Adobe Reader.
    Please do not use any other application to fill out forms, or errors may occur that require you to resubmit your form(s).
    Please do not fill out forms directly in your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Edge, etc.), or errors may occur that require you to resubmit your form(s).
  • Mac Users: Please do not use Apple's Preview application to fill out electronic forms. It causes conflicts that may render your completed forms unreadable by our staff. Download and use the free Adobe Reader for Mac.
  • Forms may be printed and filled out by hand.
  • Remember that you should retain a copy of all forms submitted for your records for 5 years.
  • Allow 5 days for mail to reach Helena.

 

Organic Producer Application Forms - Required for Certification
Organic Producer System Plan - Required for Certification

Fill out only the sections that pertain to your operation.

Organic Land Application Forms

We can now take debit card/credit card payments over the phone. Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.
New producer applications may be submitted at any time and are not subject to the late fee.

Application Fees (submitted with the application)

Download the Producer Application Fee Schedule as an MS Word document or as a PDF document.

  • Base Fee
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges less than $20,000: $600
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $20,001 - 40,000: $700
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $40,001-100,000: $800
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $100,001-250,000: $900
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $250,001-500,000: $1,000
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $500,001-1,000,000: $1,250
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges greater than $1,000,000: $1,500
  • Producer/Handler Allowance (if applying for both categories) subtract: -$115
  • New Application Credit (for first-time applicants) subtract: -$100
  • Late Fee: $200 for renewals after March 15
    • Applications to renew producer certification are due by March 15th annually.
    • An additional $100 late fee applies for each additional month past April 15th.
Assessment Fees

Certified Producer operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of organic products. Assessments are charged according to the following schedule:

  • Operations must pay a minimum assessment fee of: $150
  • Operations must pay: 0.5% of sales
  • Operations will pay a maximum of: $5,000
Inspection Fees

Billed at cost of service, plus 10% administrative fee.

Miscellaneous Fees
  • Expedited Services Fee: A surcharge of up to $1,000 may be charged for expedited services depending on the speed, time of year, and resources required. The department may set pricing standards within department policy.

The department shall assess a Collection Fee of 18% annual percentage rate or a minimum fee of $25, whichever is greater, for any un-paid balances not received on or before the last regular business day of the month. The department may require payment of past-due fees prior to providing certification services.

Organic Producer Application Forms - Required for Certification
Organic Livestock System Plan - Required for Certification

Please Note: The Ruminant Livestock Organic System Plan forms previously in use have been replaced with the Mammalian Livestock Organic System Plan forms available below due to new National Organic Program rules. Contact the Organic Program with any questions.

Fill out only the sections that pertain to your operation.

Organic Land Application Forms

We can now take debit card/credit card payments over the phone. Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.
New producer applications may be submitted at any time and are not subject to the late fee.

Application Fees (submitted with the application)

Download the Producer Application Fee Schedule as an MS Word document or as a PDF document.

  • Base Fee
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges less than $20,000: $600
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $20,001 - 40,000: $700
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $40,001-100,000: $800
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $100,001-250,000: $900
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $250,001-500,000: $1,000
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges of $500,001-1,000,000: $1,250
    • Operations with gross Organic sales charges greater than $1,000,000: $1,500
  • Producer/Handler Allowance (if applying for both categories) subtract: -$115
  • New Application Credit (for first-time applicants) subtract: -$100
  • Livestock Fee: $100
  • Late Fee: $200 for renewals after March 15
    • Applications to renew producer certification are due by March 15th annually.
    • An additional $100 late fee applies for each additional month past April 15th.
Assessment Fees

Certified Producer operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of organic products. Assessments are charged according to the following schedule:

  • Operations must pay a minimum assessment fee of: $150
  • Operations must pay: 0.5% of sales
  • Operations will pay a maximum of: $5,000
Inspection Fees

Billed at cost of service, plus 10% administrative fee.

Miscellaneous Fees
  • Expedited Services Fee: A surcharge of up to $1,000 may be charged for expedited services depending on the speed, time of year, and resources required. The department may set pricing standards within department policy.

The department shall assess a Collection Fee of 18% annual percentage rate or a minimum fee of $25, whichever is greater, for any un-paid balances not received on or before the last regular business day of the month. The department may require payment of past-due fees prior to providing certification services.

Organic Handler Application Forms - Required for Certification
Organic Handler System Plan - Required for Certification

Fill out only the sections that pertain to your operation.

Organic Handler Product Profiles - Required for Certification
Organic Handler Labeling Information

We can now take debit card/credit card payments over the phone. Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.
New producer applications may be submitted at any time and are not subject to the late fee.

Application Fees (submitted with the application)

Download the Handler Application Fee Schedule as an MS Word document or as a PDF document.

  • Base Fee
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges less than $20,000: $600
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges of $20,001 - 40,000: $700
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges of $40,001-100,000: $800
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges of $100,001-250,000: $900
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges of $250,001-500,000: $1,000
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges of $500,001-1,000,000: $1,250
    • Operations with gross Organic sales/handling charges greater than $1,000,000: $1,500
  • Producer/Handler Allowance (if applying for both categories) subtract: -$115
  • New Application Credit (for first-time applicants) subtract: -$100
  • Late Fee: $200 for renewals after September 15
    • Applications to renew handler certification are due by September 15th annually.
    • An additional $100 late fee applies for each additional month past October 15th.
Assessment Fees

Certified Handling operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of and handling charges for organic products. Assessments are charged according to the following schedule:

  • Operations must pay a minimum assessment fee of: $150
  • Operations must pay: 0.5% of sales
  • Operations will pay a maximum of: $5,000
Inspection Fees

Billed at cost of service, plus 10% administrative fee.

Miscellaneous Fees
  • Product Profile Review Fee for each new/revised label: $35
  • Expedited Services Fee: A surcharge of up to $1,000 may be charged for expedited services depending on the speed, time of year, and resources required. The department may set pricing standards within department policy.

The department shall assess a Collection Fee of 18% annual percentage rate or a minimum fee of $25, whichever is greater, for any un-paid balances not received on or before the last regular business day of the month. The department may require payment of past-due fees prior to providing certification services.

Organic Land Application Forms
Also Required for Land Certification for New Producers

We can now take debit card/credit card payments over the phone. Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.