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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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USDA RELEASES CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: SPECIALTY CROPS REPORT

Number of farms, land in farms, irrigated acreage, value of sales, and operator characteristics for specialty crops

USDA RELEASES CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE: SPECIALTY CROPS REPORT

The USDA released the Specialty Crops Report, a follow up to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which includes national and state data on the number of farms, land in farms, irrigated acreage, value of sales, and operator characteristics for specialty crops.

Click to download the report. 

Tester Successfully Cuts Red Tape for Hemp Farmers, Provides Access to Banking Services

Senator’s efforts lead federal regulators to clarify rules for providing financial services to hemp producers

Tester Successfully Cuts Red Tape for Hemp Farmers, Provides Access to Banking Services

Click to learn more about Senator Tester's announcement that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will issue a guidance allowing hemp producers to bank at financial institutions and what this means for Montana producers.

Montana Farm Service Agency December News: WHIP+ Eligibility, Emergency Loans Available in MT Disaster Areas, Market Facilitation Program Signup, Filing NAP Notice of Loss

WHIP+ Eligibility, Emergency Loans Available in MT Disaster Areas, Market Facilitation Program Signup, Filing NAP Notice of Loss

Montana Farm Service Agency December News: WHIP+ Eligibility, Emergency Loans Available in MT Disaster Areas, Market Facilitation Program Signup, Filing NAP Notice of Loss

Click to view the Montana FSA: December 2019 Newsletter.

Montana Grants and Loans online system down for maintenance December 7-8

The system will be unavailable during this time

Montana Grants and Loans online system down for maintenance December 7-8

NOTICE: The Montana Grants and Loans WebGrants System will be down for maintenance this upcoming weekend, Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8.

The system will be unavailable during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, or require assistance or accommodation, please contact the WebGrants administrator by emailing FundingMT@mt.gov. Thank you for your patience.

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council

February 19th in Helena, MT

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council

The Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council will meet on Wednesday, February 19th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in Conference Room 225 at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts, Helena, MT).

Click to learn more about the NWSFF Advisory Council.

CHS Foundation Grant Funding - Big Sandy FFA

Agriculture-Related Classroom Projects Around the Country to Receive CHS Foundation Grant Funding

CHS Foundation Grant Funding - Big Sandy FFA

Students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade will learn their reading, writing, math, science and social studies lessons through agricultural-related activities thanks to 15, $500 grants awarded by the CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO).

Montana (Big Sandy) – Big Sandy High School’s Artificial Insemination project will allow 12th graders to learn about the reproductive process involved in breeding beef cattle.

Documents to download

Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Pulse Crop Research and Marketing Program

Research Proposals due by December 6, 2019 / Marketing Proposals due by March 1, 2020

Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Pulse Crop Research and Marketing Program

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee invites proposals to fund market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana's pulse industry. All funding awards will be determined by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee or the USADPLC Research Review Committee. Generally, to qualify for consideration, proposals must have practical, near-term application involving practices or organizational arrangements that will stimulate an expanded pulse industry.

Click here to view/download the complete Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020 Pulse Grants (PDF format).


Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Marketing area must be received on or before March 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee. Proposals must be submitted through the online WebGrants application portal at fundingmt.org. Instructions on using Webgrants can be found in the files below:


Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Research area are to be submitted through USADPLC Industry Research Proposals, and are due on or before December 6, 2019.


Public Meeting Notice: State Hail Insurance Board Meeting

December 4, 2019 in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice:  State Hail Insurance Board Meeting

The Montana State Hail Board will meet at 9:00 am on Wednesday December 4th at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls (1700 Fox Farm Rd) to review the 2019 hail year.

Click to learn more about the Hail Insurance Program and Board. 

Documents to download

Food Safety Alert from CDC: Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

CHS Inc. Recalls Payback® Feeds Because of Excess Magnesium Health Risk

CHS Inc. Recalls Payback® Feeds Because of Excess Magnesium Health Risk

St. Paul, Minnesota—Nov. 13, 2019—CHS Inc., based in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, is voluntarily recalling 67 tons of Payback® Feeds listed below due to potentially high levels of magnesium.

Cassidy Marn Selected as New Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief

Cassidy Marn Selected as New Wheat and Barley Bureau Chief

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture is excited to announce that Cassidy Marn has accepted the Bureau Chief position for the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.  Cassidy has served as the bureau’s Trade and Marketing Manager since 2010.

“We’re thrilled Cassidy will be leading the Wheat and Barley Committee.  She’s highly experienced in world grain markets and is committed to advancing Montana’s #1 industry,” said Director Ben Thomas.  “I’m confident she’ll serve the state well.”

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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