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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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Public Meeting Notice: Montana Hemp Advisory Committee Meeting

July 10th in Moccasin, MT

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Hemp Advisory Committee Meeting

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Hemp Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, July 10th at 1:00 pm following the Central Agricultural Research Center Field Day in Moccasin (52583 US Highway 87, Moccasin, MT 59462). Visit the CARC website for more information on the Field Day. For more information on the Montana Hemp Advisory Committee, click here.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019

Application deadline is July 8, 2019

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019

U.S. agricultural exporters looking tap the rapidly growing Southeast Asian market will have their chance when the U.S. Department of Agriculture leads a trade mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019. Join us in Ho Chi Minh City, where you will meet buyers from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), and discover how demand for U.S. farm and food products is growing in the region. 

Application deadline is July 8, 2019. 

Please click here for more information.

Public Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council Meeting July 2, 2019

Public Meeting Notice:  Agriculture Development Council Meeting July 2, 2019

Helena, Mont. – The Agriculture Development Council will meet Tuesday, July 2nd at 8:00 am in Room 225 at the Montana Department of Agriculture in Helena (302 N. Roberts).

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The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

Administrative Rules of MT: Public Hearing (Apiary Fees)

MAR Notice No. 4-19-260

Click to view the Montana Administrative Register, 2019 Issue No. 12.  MAR Notice No. 4-19-260, pertaining to apiary fees, is published on pages 782-784.  

A public hearing will be held on July 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 225 of the Scott Hart Bldg. at 302 N. Roberts, in Helena, MT.  Concerned persons may submit their comments before 5:00 p.m. on July 24, 2019.

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Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Market officially starts 6/25 and will run 2:30-6:30 every Tuesday

Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s third season Tuesday June 25th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market will run every Tuesday (except holidays) from 2:30-6:30 pm. Those interested in being a vendor should contact Julia Gustafson, Capitol Square Market Manager at capitolsquarefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

Christy Clark Selected as New Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

Christy Clark Selected as New Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture is excited to announce that Christy Clark has accepted the division administrator position for the Department’s agricultural sciences division. Clark, a native of Choteau, has served as bureau chief of the Department’s agricultural development and marketing bureau since 2015.

Now Hiring Commodity Services Bureau Chief

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring Commodity Services Bureau Chief

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Commodity Services Bureau Chief based in Helena. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

Buyer registration now open

3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

Helena, Mont. – Over 100 Montana companies showcasing fresh produce, meats, foods, coffees, teas and more will be on full display at the Montana Department of Agriculture’s 3rd Annual Montana Food Show, slated for September 27, 2019 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. The show will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and be open to both professional buyers and the public.

“We’ve been grateful to partner with and showcase Montana’s food companies at the Montana Food Show, and we’re looking forward to the third edition of the event this fall,” said Director Ben Thomas. “Interest in the event has grown each year, and we expect this year to be our biggest show yet.”

Funding Cycle Now Open for Growth Through Agriculture Program

Application Deadline is November 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Funding Cycle Now Open for Growth Through Agriculture Program

Helena, Mont. – Folks across Montana looking to create or expand their operation or agriculture business now have the opportunity to access state grant dollars, as the 2019 funding cycle for the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program is open.

“Our Growth Through Agriculture program has provided Montana’s producers and small-business owners with vital funding to help create jobs in their communities and add value to our state’s ag products,” said Department of Agriculture Director, Ben Thomas. “With our ag industry becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking forward to seeing this next round of applications.”

Those interested in applying for GTA funds should visit www.gta.mt.gov and www.fundingmt.org for more information on how to apply.​

Ag Groups Partner with State Agencies to Create Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Ag Groups Partner with State Agencies to Create  Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Helena, Mont. – Montana’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will take on a new form as Montana Farmer’s Union, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, the Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Department of Agriculture today announced the creation of a new nonprofit organization that will oversee and implement the program. The Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation will be a public-private partnership governed by a board of representatives from each of the founding partners.

Administrative Rules of MT: Cert. Natural Beef Cattle Program Repeal

Comment Period Ends:

Click to learn more about the Montana-certified natural beef cattle marketing program.  House Bill 51, an act repealing the program was signed by Governor Bullock on March 7, 2019.

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  • HB0051(.pdf, 82.71 KB) - 136 download(s)
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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