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Food & Agricultural Development Centers

Food & Ag Development Center Network

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The Montana Food and Agricultural Development Network helps Montanans innovate and grow businesses that produce and commercialize food, agricultural and renewable energy products and processes- creating wealth and jobs in our communities and on our farms and ranches. The centers- located in Joliet, Havre, Butte, and Ronan- operate as a statewide network serving community-based businesses throughout Montana.


The centers support economic development by ensuring that more of the state's food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate in Montana. The network provides training, coaching and technical assistance, including:

  • Product development, testing and analysis
  • Regulatory compliance training
  • Food processing
  • Business planning and development
  • Market research
  • Business networking
  • Access to financing
  • Cooperative development
  • Education on industry dynamics and technologies

Click on the Business Spotlights link on the left for stories of businesses that use Montana agricultural products.

Center Specialties Bear Paw Mission Mountain Beartooth Headwaters
Renewable energy, biomass  
In-house food processing      
Food product development, access
to commercial kitchen
Educational, training workshops
Revolving/micro loan funds
Access to federal contracts    
Cooperative business development  





Linda Howard
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-5425
E-mail: LHoward@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: Wed Jun 22 16:27:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Fri Aug 29 12:07:44 MDT 2014