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Crop Development Programs

Crops With Specific Programs or Requirements

Seed potatoes
Seed potatoes from the Townsend area

Alfalfa Seed

The Alfalfa Seed Program is administered by the department under the Alfalfa Seed Industry Act. The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee provides direction for research and marketing toward the continued growth of the alfalfa seed industry of Montana.



Graded and inspected for markets worldwide. Cherry Research and Market Development Program funded by producers and directed by a Cherry Advisory Comittee.


Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas

Markets are expanding for pulse crops that fix nitrogen and provide rotational benefits with grain. The Pulse Crop Research and Market Development Program is funded by industry fees and led by the Pulse Crop Advisory Council.



Shipping point inspections are provided for more than 2 million hundredweight of seed potatoes shipped to Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Potatoes shipped to restaurants and grocery wholesalers are inspected by the Produce Program. The Potato Research and Market Development Program, funded by industry, is led by the Montana Potato Advisory Committee.


Wheat & Barley

The Montana Wheat & Barley Bureau administers research and marketing activities for Montana small grain crops under the guidance of the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee.




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

Andy Gray
Commodity Services Bureau Chief
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3730
E-mail: angray@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: June 22, 2011 11:22:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: August 22, 2016 2:36:06 PM MDT