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Seed Potato Inspection Program

Potato inspection

The Department is required to conduct shipping point inspections on all seed potatoes grown in Montana in accordance with Section 80-3-315, MCA of the Montana Produce Act. Tubers must meet the Montana Blue or Red Tag Grade at shipping to complete the certification process and be Montana Certified Seed Potatoes.


For the completed listing of the field inspection and disease requirements required to pass certification, contact the Montana Potato Lab at (406) 994-3150.


Shipping point inspections arrangements can be made by contacting the program specialist down below under Contacts or the appropriate Agricultural Specialist in your area. (See link to Field staff below for contact information.) For export of seed potatoes to other countries; further field, cellar, laboratory testing and shipping point inspections maybe be required.


Grade inspection shipping point fees for potatoes are $0.095 per 100 pounds or a minimum of $50 for each inspection visit. Shipping of potatoes into Montana maybe subject to quarantine requirements.


In the Spotlight

Why can't I order seed potatoes from some garden catalogs or 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.




Larry Krum
Anhydrous Ammonia/Seed Potato/Produce
Program Coordinator
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-5419
E-mail: lkrum@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: April 1, 2011 3:03:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: August 22, 2016 2:43:00 PM MDT