Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky

Montana Department of Agriculture

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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.

ARPA AIG Applications - Shed in Filed - photo by Todd Klassy

MDA Requesting 2024 ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Applications

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for over $1.5 million in Round #2 federal funding available through the ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program.

The intent of the Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is to advance Montana's agricultural industry through targeted investments in value-added agriculture projects across the state.

The Montana Department of Agriculture will be releasing $1.5 million for a second round of ARPA-AIG project awards. Project activities must take place between June 1st, 2024, and December 16th, 2024.

For a complete list of guidelines and eligibility requirements, please visit or contact your regional Food and Ag Development Center (FADC).

A rural road into the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre, Montana - photo by Todd Klassy

MDA On the Road & Where to Catch Us

Hard Winter Wheat Meeting
Fort Collins, CO | June 3-4
Wheat Foods Council
Summer Meeting

Manhattan, KS | June 4-6
Port of Northern Montana Visit
Shelby, MT | June 5
USWA Food Aid Meeting
Kenya | June 8-13
USWA Crop Update
Japan | June 8-12
MFBF Summer Conference
Miles City, MT | June 10-12
406 Grazing Academy
Miles City, MT | June 11-13
Western Ag & Environmental
Law Conference

Reno, NV | June 12-14
Vertebrate Workshop
Townsend, MT | June 13
Alimentec Show and Fair
Bagota, Columbia | June 16-28
Montana Range Tour
Stanford, MT | June 20
Northern Ag Research Center
Field Days

Havre | June 20
Old Salt Coop Festival
Helmville, MT | June 21-23
MWBC Board Meeting
Red Lodge, MT | June 24
Central Ag Research Center Field Days
Moccasin, MT | June 26
Eastern Ag Research Center Field Days
Sidney, MT | June 27

Cowboy and Cowgirl leading horses in sunset

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.

Featured Services

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.

For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, visit


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