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Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee Research and Marketing Program

The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee invites proposals to fund market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana's alfalfa seed industry.

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


Proposals submitted must be received on or before January 31, 2020.


The Alfalfa Seed Program is administered by the department under the Alfalfa Seed Industry Act (Montana Code Annoted 80-11-3). The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee provides direction for research and marketing toward the continued growth of the alfalfa seed industry of Montana. The program is administered by the department's Agricultural Development Division.

The committee is appointed by the Governor and composed of eight members. Board members serve three-year terms. For additional information about Governor-appointed Boards and Councils, refer to the Montana.Gov Boards, Councils and Commissions website from the Office of the Governor.

Alfalfa Seed Committee Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications
Director Ben Thomas Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59601-0201
agr@mt.gov
  Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Ernest Johnson 9265 Paradise Valley Road
Chinook, MT 59523
12/1/2020 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Tom Neibur 1429 Hwy 191 S
Malta, MT 59538-0753
12/1/2022 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
John Mehling, Chair Route 1 Box 1060
Hardin, MT 59034
12/1/2020 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Justin Wiese 4880 Hwy 363
Malta, MT 59538
12/1/2021 Alfalfa Seed Grower
Dallas Steiger PO Box 387
Hysham, MT 59038
12/1/2021 Alfalfa Seed Grower
Tom Matchett 1820 Stillmeadow
Billings, MT 59106
12/1/2022 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Cavin Steiger 67 Golden Goose Road
Forsyth, MT 59327
12/1/2020 Alfalfa Seed Grower

Contact

Agricultural Development Division
Phone : 406.444.2402
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : 406.444.9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Alfalfa Seed Program News

Public Meeting (via Zoom): Agriculture Development Council

July 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Public Meeting (via Zoom): Agriculture Development Council

The Agriculture Development Council will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21st at 12:00 p.m.

To join using a computer:

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/94904787745?pwd=QWk0YlVCTFZ6V0w5TzJTVlBYS3pTdz09; Meeting ID: 949 0478 7745; Password: 712561

To join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999; Meeting ID: 949 0478 7745; Password: 712561

Click to learn more about the Agriculture Development Council.

Governor Bullock Announces over $1 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program

Governor Bullock, MDA award grants to over 100 food and ag businesses

Governor Bullock Announces over $1 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program

Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that over $1 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP). The grants are designed to provide relief to small and medium-sized food and agriculture businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Agriculture drives our economy in Montana, and the COVID-19 crisis has shed new light on the importance of our local food systems,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “The adaptability grants directly support producers and value-added food and ag businesses affected by the pandemic. From Missoula, to Two Dot, to Scobey, Montanans across the state are finding innovative ways to strengthen and expand our access to local foods at a time when we need it most.”

 

 

Click to view all award recipients.

Montana Invests in Meat Processing and Infrastructure - MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Grants up to $150,000 available through the MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Montana Invests in Meat Processing and Infrastructure - MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Helena, Mont. – Small and medium-sized meat processors in Montana have an opportunity to receive funding to support and expand processing infrastructure and capacity through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant. Governor Steve Bullock announced the availability of these grants last week as part of additional funding to aid businesses recovering from economic impacts of COVID-19.

“With increased demand on both the national supply chain and our local food systems, it’s time to invest in in-state meat processing,” said Ben Thomas, Director of Montana Department of Agriculture. “These grants give our producers an opportunity to shift their operations, so they can access new markets, and we can keep quality Montana raised meat here in Montana.”

Click to learn more and apply.