Goals & Objectives

Agricultural Development Division


ADD Division Goal:

  • To enhance, expand and diversify Montana's agricultural economy, thereby improving the general economy of the state of Montana by providing services which include market and agri-business development, Growth Through Agriculture grants and loans, wheat and barley research and marketing, agriculture loans, beginning farmer/rancher loans, hail insurance, grain grading and inspection, agriculture literacy and outreach, and administration of agricultural commodity research and market development programs.


Division Objectives:


Marketing Objectives:

  • Assist in increasing sales, profitability and overall success of Montana's agriculturally-based businesses operating in domestic and global markets.
  • Provide technical assistance and decision-making information to Montana’s farmers and ranchers, helping them capture more value from their crops, livestock and land.
  • Work with other service providers, community groups, and other agencies to improve opportunities to expand agriculture and agriculture related businesses in Montana.
  • Support the Agriculture Development Council and administer the Growth Through Agriculture program which provides financial assistance to entrepreneurs for the startup and expansion of agriculturally-based businesses.


Development Objectives:

  • Provide basic hail insurance coverage through the State Hail Insurance Program on crops grown in Montana so producers have an affordable hail loss protection option.
  • Provide financial assistance to Montana agriculture by administering the Agriculture Finance program.
  • Administer the producer funded Commodity Research and Market Development Programs.
  • Administer the USDA, Agriculture Marketing Service, Specialty Crop Block Grant program to enhance Montana’s specialty crop industry.
  • Increase agriculture literacy in Montana through educational outreach to teachers and schools.


State Grain Laboratory Bureau Objectives:

  • Provide timely, official, objective and accurate test results to buyers and sellers of Montana grain under standards set by the USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service.
  • Provide timely, official, sampling services and testing of other Montana commodities.
  • Maintain USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service designation and provide official sampling services to Montana.


Wheat & Barley Bureau Objectives:

  • Fund research that improves profitability of Montana’s wheat and barley growers.
  • Develop and maintain international and domestic trade relationships that drive sales of Montana wheat and barley.
  • Monitor, create and disseminate information about Montana’s wheat and barley production.



Agricultural Development Division
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: November 13, 2012 3:30:00 PM MST.
Last Modified: June 13, 2016 3:57:59 PM MDT