Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky

About The Department


Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky.
- Montana Department of Agriculture Mission

Programs & Background

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) operates more than 30 programs, many funded entirely through user fees. These include regulatory programs that protect producers, consumers and the environment, as well as development and marketing programs to foster growth in Montana agriculture.

The Director's Office also serves as an advocate for Montana agriculture in national and international forums and works to make the department's programs accessible to the public. We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about what MDA offers (the Topics page is a great place to get started), or contact the department for more information.

Christy Clark Acting Director

Christy Clark, Acting Director at Montana Department of Agriculture, is a 5 th generation rancher, born and raised in Choteau.

She graduated from California State University Sacramento and eventually returned to Choteau with her husband to raise their three children on the ranch. Christy served three terms in the Montana House of Representatives before choosing to follow her passion for agriculture by working for the Montana Department of Agriculture.

She leads the department’s efforts to maintain and develop viable markets for farmers and ranchers, and to promote Montana’s high-quality Ag products throughout the world.


Agricultural Development
Division
The Agricultural Development Division is responsible for administering programs that promote and enhance Montana agriculture. Within the division are four bureaus: the Rural Development Bureau, the Wheat and Barley Bureau, the Agricultural Marketing and Business Development Bureau, and the Montana State Grain Laboratory Bureau.


Agricultural Sciences
Division
The Agricultural Sciences Division provides agricultural, public and environmental services and protection through administration of the Montana laws and rules. Cooperative agreements with the USDA, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency provide services and jurisdiction in areas of interstate and international movement of plant materials, produce and feed; enforcement of FDA rules to prevent transmission of BSE disease in cattle; and the regulation of pesticide sales, use and production in Montana.


Central Services
Division
The Central Services Division provides accounting, budgeting, computer programming, fiscal management, human resources, payroll and benefits, public information, purchasing, property control, records management, systems analysis, training, website administration and legal support to all programs within the department.