The Agricultural Development Division is responsible for administering programs that promote and enhance Montana agriculture. Within the Division are four bureaus, the Rural Development Bureau, the Wheat and Barley Bureau, the Agriculture Marketing and Business Development Bureau, and the Montana State Grain Laboratory Bureau.
Boards and Councils attached to the division are the Alfalfa Seed Committee, Agriculture Development Council, Potato Advisory Committee, Cherry and Pulse crop advisory committees, Wheat and Barley Committee, and the Montana Board of Hail Insurance.
The Rural Development Bureau serves Montana through the Agriculture Finance Program, the State Hail Insurance Program, a state/federal agreement to collect and publish agricultural statistics, and industry-specific research and development programs authorized by the Commodity Check-Off Enabling Act.
The Agricultural Marketing and Business Development Bureau is responsible for market enhancement and development through direct market development activities, grants, seed capital loan investments in new and innovative products or process, marketing, and product development. Marketing and agri-business development personnel work closely with individuals and organizations to promote and enhance our agriculture industry.
The Montana State Grain Laboratory is located in Great Falls and operates the only official USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service grain official grading and inspection laboratory in Montana. The lab provides unbiased grain inspection, grading, and quality data for Montana crops.
The Montana Wheat and Barley Bureau is responsible for promoting and encouraging scientific and practical research in all phases of wheat and barley production under the policies developed by the Wheat and Barley Committee.
Montana's value-added agriculture industry is growing yearly.
The following information is available upon request from the Agriculture Development Division:
Agricultural Development Division
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
Fax: (406) 444-9442
Published: October 15, 2010 10:47:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: February 16, 2012 4:41:08 PM MST