This center, based in Havre, is operated by Bear Paw Development Corporation and focuses on renewable energy in partnership with Montana State University-Northern.
The center has worked closely with two start-up companies in Northern Montana: Earl Fisher Bio-Fuels and Brookside Woolen Mill.
Successful projects include food processing, biofuels and biolubricants, timber processing, wind energy, high-value crop production, greenhouse construction, and other value-added industries.
Bear Paw Development Corporation is committed to making northern Montana a better place to raise a family and make a living by focusing our resources on business financing, entrepreneurial training, infrastructure development and community planning.
Contact the center for information related to product development, regulatory compliance, and other assistance in developing new products from farm to market, as well as information on farm-based energy production and other value-added agricultural enterprises.
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Tiffany Melby, who grew up on a wheat and cattle farm on Montana’s Hi-Line 70 miles west of Havre, came to Bear Paw Development Corporation as the Food and Ag Development Center manager in December 2011. Tiffany began her career at Waddell and Reed, an asset management and financial planning company, after graduating from MSU-Billings. She also spent five years at Farm Credit Services because it got her closer to her agricultural roots. From there she went on to earn an MBA from U of M.
Because value-added agriculture is such a diverse field, being able to see such variety makes Tiffany’s job really interesting. She loves what she does—helping her business clients with their ideas and dreams and feeling the excitement in their achievements—selling the first product, figuring out the market, or hitting other milestones. "I really enjoy guiding clients through the process," says Tiffany. "I enjoy working with numbers, too." Tiffany points out that one of the great things about the Food and Agricultural Development Network is that each center specializes in different areas, “so we can work together to provide the best help possible.”
Bear Paw Development Corporation
48 Second Avenue,
Havre, MT 59501
Published: June 22, 2011 4:27:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: October 18, 2013 10:08:42 AM MDT