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Outreach

The Montana Department of Agriculture conducts education and outreach to connect Montanans with ag-related programs, services and information. Browse our outreach-related programs and services below, and visit a program page for detailed information.

Agriculture in the Classroom

  • Provides schools and communities with opportunities to learn about agriculture
  • Seeks to instill appreciation for local agriculture and food production
  • Timely, accurate, and integrated standards-based curriculum on Montana agriculture through "hands on, minds on" activities
  • Offers curriculum materials on pollinators, noxious weeds, rangelands, invasive species, and garden science
  • Online resources for teachers and students
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Ag Mediation

  • Available for producers, their creditors (as applicable), and other persons directly affected by actions of the USDA involving:
    • Agricultural credit
    • Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) wetland determinations
    • Compliance with Farm Programs, including conservation programs
    • Rural Development water and waste loans
    • Grazing on National Forest System lands
    • USDA-related pesticide issues
    • Rural Development housing or business loans
    • Risk Management Agency crop insurance issues
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Agricultural Development & Marketing Bureau

  • Responsible for market enhancement and development through direct market development activities, grants, seed capital loan investments in new and innovative products or processes, marketing, and product development
  • Assists individuals, businesses, industries, and regional economic development organizations with ag-related business development planning, project coordination, legal and regulatory assistance, and other services
  • Programs and staff focus on business start-up and expansion, as well as business recruitment and relocation projects
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Export Assistance

  • Export certification assistance to assure that commodities and plant material meet the phytosanitary requirements of importing states and countries
  • MDA’s International Marketing Office works hand-in-hand with businesses to:
    • Provide training on entering international markets
    • Develop personalized export plans
    • Organize trade missions
    • International trade show assistance
  • As a member of the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA), we provide valuable trade contacts and market research
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Internships

  • MDA offers a variety of internships for students enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Includes all public, private, community, vo-tech and Native American institutions of higher learning
  • Most internships occur during the months of April to September
  • Length varies, depending on the project that needs to be completed and the time frame required
  • Positions are located statewide
  • Most are paid positions
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Marketing Assistance

  • The Agricultural Marketing & Business Development Bureau is responsible for market enhancement and development through
    • Direct market development activities
    • Grants and seed capital loan investments in new and innovative products or processes
    • Marketing and product development
  • Assistance with ag-related business development planning, project coordination, legal and regulatory assistance, and other services
  • Programs and staff focused on business start-up and expansion, as well as business recruitment and relocation projects
  • Tap into new markets and connect to industry groups and trade shows
  • Support for international trade efforts
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Montana State University Extension

  • MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities
  • Local offices throughout Montana
  • Program areas include:
    • Youth development
    • Crops and livestock
    • Community
    • Family and home
    • Yard and garden
    • Energy
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Montana Wheat & Barley Committee

  • The producer-funded and directed checkoff organization for wheat and barley growers in the state
  • Established in 1967, the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee promotes research, marketing and education for the benefit of Big Sky producers living, working and growing here in the Last Best Place
  • View updated crop info, learn about grain quality and production, and find export and transportation details
  • Awards grants for research, marketing, education and transportation projects
  • Program staff are dedicated to providing timely, quality service to the producers who are the ultimate owners of this program
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Farmers Markets

  • Find markets throughout Montana with the Farmers Market Directory or using our interactive map
  • Learn about the valuable role markets play in promoting healthy communities and local economies
  • Federal and state programs that provide funding assistance for Farmers Market activities
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Farmers Markets
  • Publications and resources for those interested in starting a Farmers Market and for current market masters looking for assistance
  • Learn about SNAP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition programs
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Noxious Weeds

  • Resources and assistance for the management of state- and county-listed noxious weeds
  • The Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program provides up to $75,000 per grant to battle invasive weeds
  • The Noxious Weed Seed-Free Forage program provides inspections and certification of forage products such as hay, pellets, and straw to prevent new infestations
  • Stop aquatic weeds from threatening the ecological integrity of Montana's rivers and lakes
  • Find information about biological weed controls
  • Connect with the Montana Noxious Weed Education Campaign at www.weedawareness.org
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Organic Certification

  • Learn how to be Certified Organic
  • Find application and reporting forms
  • Resources to assist organic businesses, including videos, links and publications
  • The latest national and regional organic news, including market updates
  • Learn about the Organic Advisory Council
  • Connections to organic research
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Pesticide Outreach & Education

  • MDA aims to provide training and other resource materials for applicators, state and local agencies, and others interested in understanding and implementing the current requirements for safe use of pesticides
  • The Department provides education required for licensing, and classes for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) needed by pesticide applicators to keep their applicators license valid
  • We also provide outreach materials and resources for homeowners and non-licensed entities concerning best management practices.
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Vertebrate Pest Info

  • The Vertebrate Pest Program provides the agricultural community and the general public with info on the management and control of many vertebrate species that sometimes damage crops, yards and gardens
  • Department specialists are available to provide information and demonstrations of management techniques
  • The program publishes regular bulletins with information about specific vertebrate pests and how to use various types of application equipment and products
  • Requests for presentations to groups are encouraged
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MTPlants Online Services

  • The Montana Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce the launch of our new online database, MTPlants
  • As of May 2016, MTPlants is enabled for Feed License and Product Registration, Seed License and Assessment, and Pesticide Product Registration programs
  • By November 2016, we will be adding Fertilizer Licensing and Product Registration, and Pesticide Licensing
  • Industry users can conduct business online, such as renewing and printing licenses, reporting assessments, and paying for services
  • You can pay by credit card, debit card or eCheck and a receipt will be emailed to you
  • You will be able to print your license(s) and product renewals after successful completion of the payment process and anytime throughout the year
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Grown in Montana

  • The Grown in Montana provides marketing and promotional support for homegrown products
  • We may be famous for Montana beef and grain…but that isn’t all we grow here
  • Today you can find any number of locally grown products to fill your pantry and prepare your meals
  • Then again, not everything we grow here is meant to be eaten - you can knit up a sweater with home grown wool, plant some flowers and trees, and then wash up with some goat’s milk soap
  • Take a look at our Grown in Montana Facebook page for the latest on local ag products
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Agritourism

  • Even if you’re not a farmer or rancher, you can connect with the land and the people that produce the foods and beverages you consume
  • Agritourism is where agriculture and tourism intersect, as farms, ranches and production facilities invite the public onto their property to get a taste of the country and enjoy great agricultural products at the peak of perfection
  • Visiting a farm, ranch, winery, brewery, or special agriculture event offers wonderful, unique experiences
  • Read on for a sampling of agritourism activities available in Montana
  • We’ll be continually updating this information, so check back often for new events and destinations
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