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The Montana Department of Agriculture manages more than 30 programs, from marketing and business development to licensing and regulating activities to protecting agricultural producers, consumers and the environment. Explore our featured programs below, or use the main menu to browse all MDA programs and services.

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Now Hiring Hemp Program Technician

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring Hemp Program Technician

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Hemp Program Technician based in Helena. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Public Meeting Notice: MT Pulse Crop Committee Meeting

November 15, 2019 in Bozeman, MT

Public Meeting Notice: MT Pulse Crop Committee Meeting

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet in Bozeman on November 15, 2019.  An agenda will be posted soon.

Click to learn more about the committee.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Wheat & Barley Budget Board Meeting

December 2-3, 2019 in Great Falls, MT

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Wheat & Barley Budget Board Meeting

The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Board will meet on December 2-3, 2019 at 300 Park Dr., Suite 104, in Great Falls, MT.  An agenda will be posted soon.

Click to learn more about Montana Wheat & Barley.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee

December 5, 2019 in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee

 

The Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee will meet on December 5, 2019 at The Commons in Bozeman, Montana.  

Click to learn more about the Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee.

Now Hiring Bureau Chief - State Grain Lab

Position Based in Great Falls

Now Hiring Bureau Chief - State Grain Lab

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Bureau Chief - State Grain Lab based in Great Falls. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

MDA Offering Webinars for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Open Question and Answer Sessions October 8 and 22

MDA Offering Webinars for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Helena, Mont. – Agriculture businesses and organizations throughout Montana will have the opportunity to learn more about the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program through two upcoming open question and answer webinars/conference calls on October 8 and October 22.

  • October 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m: Open Question and Answer Conference Call/Webinar #1* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 1911561 If you are asked for a pin number, do not enter one, just stay on the line and you will be joined to the audio for the webinar.
    Join on Skype for Business using this link: https://rtchelena.mt.gov/meet/jauer/QJ54208C.
  • October 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m: Open Question and Answer Conference Call/Webinar #2* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 8943672 If you are asked for a pin number, do not enter one, just stay on the line and you will be joined to the audio for the webinar.
    Join on Skype for Business using this link: https://rtchelena.mt.gov/meet/jauer/QJ54208C.

If you do not already have it, you will need the Skype for Business web browser plugin, which can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links above and accepting the plugin when prompted.

For more information, visit the GTA page, or catch up on the "How to Apply for a GTA Grant/Loan" webinar using the links below:

Now Hiring Pesticide Program Specialist

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring Pesticide Program Specialist

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Pesticide Program Specialist based in Helena. Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Hemp Processor License Now Available in Montana

Hemp Processor License Now Available in Montana

Helena, Mont. – As hemp growers throughout Montana harvest the 2019 crop, the Montana Department of Agriculture has announced that a Hemp Processor License is now available. The department has created a hemp processing license to provide consistency and comply with new USDA oversight established in the 2018 Farm Bill. The new rule will help the Department of Agriculture avoid jurisdictional confusion with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and allow new businesses to have some degree of regulatory certainty.

Now Hiring Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief

Position Based in Great Falls

Now Hiring Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief based in Great Falls. Applications will be accepted until October 14, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Interim Application Period Open for Indoor Hemp

Interim Application Period Open for Indoor Hemp

The department is opening an interim hemp licensing application period for indoor growing only. This application period is open until December 31, 2019 and is only for persons who desire to grow hemp between now and the end of this year. If you are interested in growing hemp in 2020, please wait for the annual indoor/outdoor license application period that will open in January 2020.

Click here to visit the Hemp Program page for complete details and applications forms.

Hemp Processor License Application Form now available

Hemp Processor License Application Form now available

The department has created a hemp processing license to provide consistency and comply with new United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversight established in the 2018 Farm Bill. The proposed rule will help the Department of Agriculture avoid jurisdictional confusion with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and allow new businesses to have some degree of regulatory certainty.

Click here to visit the Hemp Processor page for details and application forms.

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Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone : (406) 444-3144
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-5409
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Montana Ag by the Numbers

In a state where cattle outnumber people, agriculture is our business. In fact, it is Montana’s number one industry and growing.

$4.4

Billion Industry

28,008

Farms & Ranches

59.7

Million Acres

1

State Rank in
Organic Wheat
Production