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Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Helena, Mont. – Producers in Montana affected by drought and fire are now eligible to participate in the first ever hay lottery. Ag Community Relief, is organizing a large-scale hay donation convoy to North Dakota to aid producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The first convoy of hay will be delivered in mid-August but more deliveries could arrive as the group continues to fundraise and seek donations and volunteers. The donated hay will be delivered to North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, N.D. Any other individuals or organizations willing to donate hay or trucking for the hay lottery should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Drought Hotline at 701-425-8454.

Hay haulers needed for donated hay

Significant need for hauling from Western Montana to fire- and drought-affected Eastern Montana

Helena, Mont. – Hay donations throughout the state and country have continued to pour in as producers assess damage and recover from the fire and drought conditions in Eastern Montana. Now, hay haulers are needed to help get these donations to Eastern Montana. There is currently a significant need to haul donated hay from Western Montana.

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Resources and prgroams to help affected ag producers

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Helena, Mont. – As drought conditions worsen and fires burn throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture has launched the Agriculture Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline. The hotline will serve as a tool to help connect those affected to available resources, programs and donations, as well as to provide information on how others can help. Questions related to hay/feed donations, livestock, fencing, and transportation can be directed to the hotline. The hotline number is 1-844-515-1571 and the line will be staffed 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Click here for more resources, programs and links to assist those affected by fire and drought.

 

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

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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

All Handlers must complete a new Handler System Plan for integration into a new State database.

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.