Organic Program Goals
- Provide professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to farmers, ranchers, and handlers.
- Facilitate the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
- Protect consumers by monitoring and enforcing compliance with state and federal laws governing organic production, handling and product labeling.
Is Organic an Option for Me?
The USDA has published a helpful article regarding Organic Certification here.
How do I certify my farm/ranch?
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:
- Producer Applications are due March 15th
- Producer Sales Reports are due March 15th
- Handler Applications are due September 15th
- Handler Sales Reports are due March 15th
Cover Crop Seminar, February 2, 2016
- Sheridan, MT 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Helena, MT 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Topics include using cover crops to improve soil health, using sheep to manage weeds and terminate cover crops, and using cover crops in vegetable and meat chicken production systems.
- Guest Speakers include Clain Jones, MSU Extension, Fabian Menalled, MSU Extension and Zach Miller, MSU Western Research Station
- Visit http://www.lccountymt.gov/fileadmin/user_upload/Education/Extension/2016_Cover_Crop_Seminar_-_flyer.pdf for more information.
Organic Production in Montana
Montana ranks 1st and 2nd among states in production of certified organic wheat, dry peas, lentils and flax. The department is a USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program. The department also offers International Organic Certification for Canada, European Union, Japan, and Taiwan.