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.

Cowboy on horse back herding cattle - Photo by Todd Klassy
USDA Releases 2022 Census of Agriculture Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. 

The 2022 Census of Agriculture can be used to help communicate the story surrounding Montana agriculture as it stands today and its pace of rapid change,” said Montana Department of Agriculture Director Christy Clark. “This data helps farmers and ranchers make vital decisions on their operations as well as helping direct us as a department towards providing top tier support to our producers through our programs and services.”

More information at: https://agr.mt.gov/News/USDA-Releases-2022-Census-of-Ag-Data

A rural road into the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre, Montana - photo by Todd Klassy
MDA On the Road & Where to Catch Us

National Barley Improvement Committee
Washington D.C. | March 3 - 7

Wheat Marketing Center Producer Tour
Portland, OR | March 4 - 8

Western AIS Short Course
Missoula, MT | March 5 - 6

Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting
Billings, MT | March 6

Made in Montana Show
Helena, MT | March 8-9

Montana Grain Elevators Association Board Meeting
Helena, MT | March 12

Serve MT Symposium
Helena, MT | March 13 - 14

In-Person Pesticide Training
Billings, MT | March 13 - 15

Montana Ag Week
Statewide | March 17 - 23

MWBC’s March Madness Pitch Comp.
Bozeman, MT | March 18

NWMAC Meeting & Grant Hearings
Helena, MT | March 18 - 20

Wheat & Barley Committee Board Meeting
Bozeman, MT | March 19

Montana State Hail Board Meeting
Lewistown, MT | March 19

Montana Ag Day - Statewide | March 19
KATQ Farm Expo
Plentywood, MT | March 21- 22

Montana Ag Bankers Convention
Bozeman, MT | March 21

In-Person Pesticide Training
Missoula, MT | March 27 - 29

Wheat Marketing Center Board Meeting
Portland OR | March 27 - 28

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.

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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.

For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, visit   https://covid19.mt.gov/ .


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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