Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky

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Here at the Montana Department of Agriculture, we are honored to support the state’s #1 industry. With over 30 programs ranging from market and business development to licensing and regulating services that protect agricultural producers, consumers and the environment, our website features an abundance of information. We encourage you to explore our programs and contact us if you have ideas about how to improve our department, our services, or our website.

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GTA Funding - Pre-Application

GTA Pre-Applications are open. Pre-Application deadline October 23, 2023.

1) Read the GTA Program Guidelines to determine whether your project is eligible and learn more about the program. GTA Program Guidelines (.pdf format)
2) Contact the Food and Agriculture Development Center Network, Small Business Development Center network, and your local economic development organization to discuss your project and request assistance.
3) Register with the Montana Secretary of State . If your company is not already registered with the Montana Secretary of State, you may need to do so before going further. Organizations other than Sole Proprietorships must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State prior to submittal. Any application from an organization that is not registered with the Montana Secretary of State will not be accepted.
4) Register and Apply Online: Register and apply hereIf you have questions, email
A rural road into the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre, Montana - photo by Todd Klassy
MDA On the Road & Where to Catch Us

USDA Agribusiness Trade Mission
Singapore/Malaysia | October 30 - Nov. 4
MSU Ag Appreciation - Bozeman, MT | Nov. 3 - 5
Craft Beer & Spirits Trade Mission - Taiwan | Nov. 6 - 10
U.S. Wheat Board Meeting - Cincinnati, OH | Nov. 7 - 10
MT Potato Improvement Ass. Annual Convention
Missoula, MT | Nov. 7 - 9
NASDA Consortium for Produce Safety
St. Louis, MO | Nov. 7 - 9
Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention
Billings, MT | Nov. 8 - 11
AALA - Charlotte, NC | Nov. 8 - 11
Montana Seed Potato Seminar
Missoula, MT | Nov. 8 - 9
MT Ass. of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting
Billings, MT | Nov. 15 - 16
Montana Grain Growers Annual Convention
Great Falls, MT | Nov. 28 - 30
USDA Agribusiness Trade Mission
Luanda, Angola | Nov. 28 - Dec. 1
EPA Region 7 & 8 Dept. of Ag Meeting
Denver, CO | Nov. 29 - 30
MWGA Annual Convention
Billings, MT | Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
Montana Stock Growers Association Annual Convention
Billings, MT | Dec. 6 - 8

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Montana Counseling Access for Montana Agriculture

The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), this partnership provides a variety of services, including individual counseling, tele-health, and medication management, at no cost to the participant.

The Counseling Access for Montana Ag (CAMA) program was created to address challenges facing those working in agriculture and ensure that farm and ranch families are receiving the support they need when experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

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COVID-19 Information

Woman working on laptop from homeMontana Department of Agriculture staff have returned to the office. All staff can be reached during normal business hours using contact information provided in our staff directory. The main office in Helena is a secure building, so appointments are encouraged, and visitors can notify our staff of their arrival by calling (406) 444-3144.

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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.

hexigon stating $5.27 billion industry

hexigon stating 27,100 farms & ranches

hexigon stating 58.1 million acres

Polygon stating #1 state in Chickpeas & Lentils