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Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Over 70 markets throughout Montana; directory available online

Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Helena, Mont. – With Spring weather throughout Montana kicking into high gear, 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 2018 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.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Meeting via conference call - join by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30th via conference call. Those wishing to join by phone can join the meeting by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894. Those unable to join via their own phone are invited to sit in on the call at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts) in Conference Room 225.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

What vertebrate animals have damaged your crops?

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to gather information from lentil growers who have, are or will be suffering damage from vertebrate pests. As part of the MDA’s vertebrate pest program, Department staff gathers information and photos related to certain pests and the damages they cause to certain crops. This information helps the Department develop training materials, which in turn are used to educate producers to help them more easily identify and manage vertebrate pests.

 

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

Application / Renewal Fees

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

Base Fee:

  • Operations with gross Organic sales less than $20,000: $600
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $20,001 - 40,000: $700
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $40,001-100,000: $800
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $100,001-250,000: $900
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $250,001-500,000: $1,000
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $500,001-1,000,000: $1,250
  • Operations with gross Organic sales 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 Fees:

$200 for renewals after March 15 for Producers, OR
$200 for renewals after September 15 for Handlers

 

Assessment Fees:

Not applicable for new producers / handlers.

  • Certified Producer operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of organic products in addition to the annual application fee.
  • 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 have a $5,000 maximum cap.

 

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.
  • For Handlers - Product Profile Review Fee for each new/revised label: $35 may be charged

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.