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Organic Program

Montana Organic Program

 
Montana Organic Seal for use on Approved Labels

Organic Program Goals

  1. Provide professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to farmers, ranchers, and handlers.
  2. Facilitate the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
  3. Protect consumers by monitoring and enforcing compliance with state and federal laws governing organic production, handling and product labeling.

The program is a USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program. The program facilitates international marketing of organic products with Canada, the European Union, Japan, and Taiwan.

 

Looking for Applications or other Forms?

Visit the Forms page, or one of our specific Forms categories:

 

We can now take debit card/credit card payments over the phone.  Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.

Is Organic an Option for Me?

The USDA has published a helpful article regarding Organic Certification: Is Organic an Option for Me?

 

How do I certify my farm, ranch, livestock, or processing and handling operation?

You can learn more about the certification process here.

 

When are Applications and Sales Reports due?

New applicants can apply at anytime and renewal applications are due on the following dates:

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Check back for upcoming seminars and other events.

 

Organic Production in Montana

Montana ranks 1st and 2nd among states in production of certified organic wheat, dry peas, lentils and flax.

 

Organically Certified Operations Exemption from Paying into Conventional Checkoffs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced at the end of 2015 that they will extend the organic farmer exemption from conventional commodity checkoffs to ALL organic farmers, effective February 29, 2016. Organic farmers are no longer required to pay into conventional checkoff promotion programs that promote conventional products directly competing with their organic products.

 

For more information:

 

Looking for Certified Organic Farms or Businesses?

Find a specific certified organic farm or business, or search for an operation with specific characteristics at the USDA Organic INTEGRITY Database.

 
 
 
 

Contacts

 

Organic Certification Program
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-7804
E-mail: agrorganic@mt.gov

Fax: (406) 444-9466

 

Published: Mon Apr 04 11:28:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Wed Sep 14 15:28:59 MDT 2016