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What does the Produce Program do for you?

This program provides licenses to produce dealers in order to ensure the quality of fruits and vegetables distributed in Montana. The program's objectives are to:

  • Ensure that produce meets USDA quality standards.
  • Guard against entry of diseases and pests that could harm the fruit & vegetable industry.

How does the program ensure produce quality?

The program provides regulatory services to the public and to specific agricultural industries. To ensure produce quality for Montana consumers, the program inspects and samples produce to confirm that it meets USDA standards and is free from diseases and pests of concern to the fruit & vegetable industry.

Program provides third party inspections for:

  • Produce imported into Montana
    - Grade inspections
    - Condition inspections
  • Produce exported from Montana
    - Grade inspections
    - Shipping point inspections

For more information, refer to the Inspection tab below.

Seed Potato Inspections

Seed potatoes imported into, exported from or shipped within Montana must meet USDA and state seed grade standards. Seed potatoes must also be free from late blight, bacterial ring rot and potato cyst nematode.

Seed potatoes shipped into Montana are subject to a receiving point inspection. Seed potatoes grown in Montana are subject to a shipping point inspection by the Seed Potato Inspection Program. For more information see: Seed Potato Inspection Program.

Who needs a produce dealer license?

  • Anyone who wholesales produce in Montana;
  • Anyone transporting produce from out of state for retail sale in Montana; and
  • Anyone retailing produce grown in the state when gross retail sales exceed $25,000 annually.

For more information refer to the Licensing tab below.

The Produce program inspectors provide third party inspections for:

  • Produce imported into Montana
    - Grade inspections; and
    - Condition inspections.
  • Produce exported from Montana:
    - Grade inspections; and
    - Shipping point inspections

Fees:

The following fees are paid per service, as follows:

  • Minimum fee for any inspection: $50
  • Shipping point inspection fee (for exports): $0.095 per unit of produce shipped
  • Receiving point inspection fee (for imports): hourly fee
Download the
Application for
Produce Dealers License (.doc)

Download the
Produce Assessment
Quarterly Report Form (.doc)

A produce dealer license is required for any person who wholesales produce in the state, transports produce from out of state into this state for retail sales, or retails produce grown by the produce dealer in this state when gross retail sales exceed $25,000 annually.

A separate license is required for each place of business, including vehicles. When completing the Produce Dealer License Application form please be sure to enter a license plate number or assigned unit number for each business vehicle, (not a VIN).

Licenses are issued annually and are renewed by January 1st of each year.

Produce inspection fees are assessed quarterly from distributors for all produce distributed in Montana.

Fees:

  • Annual Dealer License: $50.00 per place of business, including vehicles
  • Quarterly Assessment: $0.06 per unit distributed

 

Produce News

MDA Encouraging Support for Ag Literacy Program During Tax Season

MDA Encouraging Support for Ag Literacy Program During Tax Season

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging Montanans to support the Montana Agriculture in the Classroom program this tax season by contributing to the voluntary check-off program when filing this year’s income taxes.

Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Submit your contact and info to stay informed about opportunities for food safety support

Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Hello Montana Growers!

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule is in place (and was adopted by the Montana legislature) and is being implemented. The Montana Department of Agriculture has received a grant to provide support and technical assistance regarding produce safety to farmers. Food safety regulations are changin, and we want to ensure you have the information you need to be successful.

In coming weeks, we will be conducting brief phone calls to gain a better understanding of the number and scale of produce growers in the state. If you would rather submit your information through an online form, please go to www.foodsafety.mt.gov and click on “Submit Info for the Food Safety Modernization Act Inventory”, or, if you are unsure if the Produce Safety Act applies to you and your farm, click on "Determine if the Produce Safety Rule Applies to You" to answer a few questions and automatically see if you are exempt or if the law applies to you.

If you have questions, please call 406-444-0131 or email foodsafety@mt.gov.

Thank you from the Montana Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Growers vote in favor of elimination by 3 to 1 margin

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

Larry Krum
Anhydrous Ammonia / Seed Potato/ Produce Program Manager

Phone: (406) 444-5419
E-mail: LKrum@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

Kay Deskins
Licensing & Registration Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-0510
E-mail : KDeskins@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

Commodity Services Bureau
Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone : (406) 444-3730
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9466
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

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