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The Montana Department of Agriculture provides regulatory services to protect agricultural producers, consumers and the environment, Development programs aim to promote agricultural markets, businesses and infrastructure.


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Why can't I order seed potatoes from some garden websites?

Montana is the leading producer of seed potatoes that are planted in the Columbia Basin for processing into French fries and other food products. The state's potatoes are prized because its growing areas are somewhat isolated from airborne spores of diseases such as late blight. To protect this industry, Montana requires businesses that sell seed potatoes in Montana have them inspected at the point of shipping and certified as disease-free. Businesses unwilling to take those steps are prohibited from shipping to Montana, including sellers of garden seed that could spread potato diseases. Click here for a directory!


Some wildflower seed mixes also are prohibited in Montana, including ones that contain oxeye daisy. And, certain landscape plants are prohibited because they spread in the wild and crowd out native species.




Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3144
E-mail: agr@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-5409


Published: April 1, 2011 3:30:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: August 8, 2016 1:48:18 PM MDT