The MDA offers grant and loan programs for specific commodity crops, including alfalfa seed, cherries, pulse crops (peas, lentils and chickpeas), potatoes, and wheat & barley.

Alfalfa Seed

The Alfalfa Seed Program is administered by the department under the Alfalfa Seed Industry Act. The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee provides direction for research and marketing toward the continued growth of the alfalfa seed industry of Montana.


Graded and inspected for markets worldwide. The Cherry Research & Market Development Program is funded by producers and directed by a Cherry Advisory Committee.

Pulse Crops (Peas, Lentils and Chickpeas)

Markets are expanding for pulse crops that fix nitrogen and provide rotational benefits with grain. The Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program is funded by industry fees and led by the Pulse Crop Advisory Council.


Shipping point inspections are provided for more than 2 million hundredweight of seed potatoes shipped to Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Potatoes shipped to restaurants and grocery wholesalers are inspected by the Produce Program. The Potato Research & Market Development Program, funded by industry, is led by the Montana Potato Advisory Committee.

Wheat & Barley

The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee (MWBC) administers research and marketing activities for Montana small grain crops under the guidance of a Board of Directors comprised of producers from around the state.

Agricultural Development Division
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601