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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.


COVID-19 RESPONSE

WorkingFromHome

In order to protect our staff and the public, most of the Montana Department of Agriculture’s staff are currently working from home, but can still be reached during normal business hours. The department is conducting in-person business by appointment only. Per the Governor's Directivemasks or face coverings are required for individuals ages five and older in counties with four or more confirmed and active cases of COVID-19.

In order to streamline your request, please consider using the “I want To” tab to find out who to contact directly, view our staff directory, or email your question to agr@mt.gov.

The latest COVID-19 information and resources are available at https://covid19.mt.gov/. Please call 1-888-333-0461 or email covid19info@mt.gov.

Click to view Interim Guidance from the CDC and US Dept. of Labor for Agricultural Workers and Employers. More information related to COVID-19 is available here.


Department Contact Information

Main Phone: (406) 444-3144

Email: Agr@mt.gov

Fax: (406) 444-5409

In the Spotlight...

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Recruits for Open Positions

Applications and nominations due May 1, 2021

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Recruits for Open Positions

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council (NWMAC). The following council terms expire June 30, 2021:

  • Livestock Production Representative
  • Herbicide Dealer or Applicator
  • Biological Research and Control Interests Representative
  • Western County Weed District Representative
  • Agriculture Crop Production Representative

Click here to learn more about the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council and apply. 

Documents to download

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup

Virtual Meeting via Zoom on Friday, January 22, 2021

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup

The Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup will meet vitrually via Zoom on Friday, January 22nd beginning at 9:00 a.m.

To receive Zoom information to join the meeting, please contact Jasmine Reimer at JReimer@mt.gov or (406) 444-3140. 

 

New Film Features the Dependable People Who Maintain U.S. Wheat Export Reliability

“Wholesome: The Journey of U.S. Wheat” features Hucke Farms in Geraldine, Montana

New Film Features the Dependable People Who Maintain U.S. Wheat Export Reliability

U.S. Wheat Associates has created a new film titled “Wholesome: The Journey of U.S. Wheat” that shows how the people in the export supply system maintain the wholesome, reliable character of U.S. wheat. Among the farms featured in the film is the Hucke family farm located in Geraldine, Montana.

Click here to view the U.S. Wheat Associates films.

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee

Alfalfa Seed Committee will meet virtually on Tuesday, February 23rd at 8:30 AM

Public Meeting Notice:  Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee

The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee will meet virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 beginning at 8:30 a.m. An agenda will be available soon.

To receive Zoom information to join the meeting, please contact Dani Jones by phone at (406) 444-2402, or by email at Danielle.Jones@mt.gov.

Click here to learn more about the Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee's Research and Development Program.

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Loans up to $8,500 available to young Montana farmers and ranchers

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Montana youth ages 21 and under may be eligible for up to $8,500 in loan financing through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan Program.

“With the average age of farmers and ranchers being nearly 60 years old, supporting the next generation is vital to Montana’s livelihood,” said MDA Director Mike Foster. “The Junior Ag Loan Program plays an important role in connecting young people who are passionate about pursuing projects in agriculture with the financing they need to get started.”

Click here to learn more about the Junior Ag Loan Program and apply. 

Documents to download

EPA Takes Action to Investigate PFAS Contamination

ew information available about EPA testing that shows PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers

EPA Takes Action to Investigate PFAS Contamination

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to address PFAS, today the agency is making new information available about EPA testing that shows PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers.  

Through a coordinated effort with both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a pesticide manufacturer, the agency has determined that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers that are used to store and transport a mosquito control pesticide product contain PFAS compounds that are leaching into the pesticide product. 

EPA will update the following webpage with information as it becomes available: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/pfas-packaging

Emergency Quarantine Order Issued for Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

Montana Department of Agriculture protects state against destructive wood-boring pest

Emergency Quarantine Order Issued for Invasive Emerald Ash Borer

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued an emergency quarantine order to protect against the introduction and spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive wood-boring beetle that has already killed millions of ash trees in North America. The order was motivated by the removal of federal domestic quarantine regulations by the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS).

“It is important that we remain vigilant and do everything in our power to make sure that the emerald ash borer doesn’t find a way into Montana,” said MDA Director Mike Foster. “This quarantine order protects the green ash woodland resources in eastern Montana that provide habitat for many wildlife species as well as economic benefits to livestock producers and rural communities.”

Click here to view the quarantine order.

Click here to view the emergency rule. 

Click here to visit the USDA APHIS website to learn more about the emerald ash borer. 

Documents to download

Research proposals sought by Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee

Proposals due February 10, 2021

Research proposals sought by Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee

The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee is seeking proposals for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s alfalfa seed industry. Proposals are due February 10, 2021.

For a complete list of guidelines and eligibility requirements, visit this link. Questions should be directed to the Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee, PO Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201, or by contacting Dani Jones at (406) 444-2402 or via email at Danielle.Jones@mt.gov.

Documents to download

Public Meeting Notice: MT Oilseed Advisory Committee

Montana Oilseed Advisory Committee will meet virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26th beginning at 1:00 PM

Public Meeting Notice: MT Oilseed Advisory Committee

The Montana Oilseed Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. Please see the agenda attached.

The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. To receive information to join the meeting, please contact Dani Jones at danielle.jones@mt.gov or (406) 444-2402.

 

Documents to download

EXPANDED FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin

Recall expanded to include all pet foods containing corn and manufactured in the company’s Oklahoma plant, and having an expiration date on or before July 9, 2022

EXPANDED FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin

FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products (see list below) manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. in their Oklahoma plant that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxins. 

As of January 11, 2021, FDA is aware of more than 70 pets that have died and more than 80 pets that are sick after eating Sportmix pet food. Not all of these cases have been officially confirmed as aflatoxin poisoning through laboratory testing or veterinary record review. This count is approximate and may not reflect the total number of pets affected.

Click here to read the full FDA Alert regarding the Midwestern Pet Foods recall.

USDA Announces Quality Loss Assistance Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2018, 2019 Natural Disasters

New Quality Loss Adjustment Program will provide quality loss payments to qualifying Montana producers hit hard by disasters in 2018 and 2019

USDA Announces Quality Loss Assistance Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2018, 2019 Natural Disasters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that signup for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program will begin Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Funded by the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020, this new program provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters occurring in 2018 and 2019. The deadline to apply for QLA is Friday, March 5, 2021.

For more information, visit farmers.gov/quality-loss, or contact your local USDA Service Center. Producers can also obtain one-on-one support with applications by calling 877-508-8364.

Click here to read USDA FSA's full announcement.

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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

26,900

Farms & Ranches

58

Million Acres

1

State Rank in
Organic Wheat
Production