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Export certification assures that commodities and plant material meet the phytosanitary requirements of importing states and countries. Phytosanitary measures seek to prevent the spread of harmful pests and diseases. The Montana Department of Agriculture assists exporters in meeting standards by certifying that plants and plant products are free of prohibited materials.

Some export destinations require multiple field inspections during a growing season, laboratory tests, soil analysis and completion of other testing requirements before export certifications can be completed. Exporters should contact the department before a commodity is ready for shipping to determine the phytosanitary requirements for the intended destination. Most countries require issuance of a phytosanitary certificate. Without the certificate, commodities can be detained, refused, or even destroyed at the importing destination.



Exporter Responsibilities

  • Establish a USDA APHIS PCIT (Phytosanitary Certification Issuance and Tracking) account and fund a pre-pay account to cover fees, web address: https://pcit.aphis.usda.gov/pcit/, or use the contact information on this page to contact the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) for assistance .
  • Apply for phytosanitary certification services through the PCIT system, or by using the Application for Growing Season Field Inspection of Plant Commodities for Export form available from MDA. Applications may be emailed, mailed or faxed. Applications must be received within 30 days of inspection.
  • The exporter must export plant and plant products within the time limits prescribed by the importing country. If the importing country does not prescribe a time limit, the general rule is that inspections must be conducted within 30 days of shipping. See the Phytosanitary Certification page for more information.
  • Provide treatment if required. The certifying official should be contacted prior to treatment to assure that the treatment is appropriate to satisfy foreign phytosanitary import regulations. The certifying official will arrange for supervision of the treatment.
  • Safeguard the shipment prior to shipping.

Contact


Layla Dunlap
Commodity Services Bureau Chief

Phone : (406) 444-2945
E-mail : Layla.Dunlap@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


 


Larry Krum
Seed Potato/ Produce Program Manager /Anhydrous Ammonia

Phone: (406) 444-5419
E-mail: LKrum@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


 


Patricia Wherley
Plant Pest Specialist / Export Certification

Phone : (406) 444-5517
E-mail : PWherley@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


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Public Meeting: MT Pulse Crop Committee - June 8, 2021

MT Pulse Crop Committee will meet June 8, 2021

Public Meeting: MT Pulse Crop Committee - June 8, 2021

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet virtually via Zoom on June 8, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A meeting agenda is attached.

A video conference option is available through Zoom. Please contact Dani Jones to request Zoom meeting information.

Click here to view current MT Pulse Crop Committee members and learn more. 

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Montana Farmers Encouraged to Participate in Wheat & Barley Varieties Survey

USDA NASS will begin contacting MT farmers by phone to collect valuable varieties data

Montana Farmers Encouraged to Participate in Wheat & Barley Varieties Survey

The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding producers to participate in the upcoming Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

“This year’s varieties survey will give our breeding program unique and widespread insight into the characteristics that are truly important to Montana farmers,” said Cassidy Marn, Executive Vice President of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. “With producer checkoff dollars helping to fund breeding programs, and MSU varieties accounting for a substantial portion of wheat and barley acreage here in Montana, responses to the survey are essential to our continued success.”

The survey is a collaborative project among the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, Montana State University, and USDA NASS targeting specific data points that will influence future breeding research and varietal selections. USDA NASS will begin contacting Montana farmers by phone at the end of May to collect data for June survey reports, then continue compiling information through mid-July.

With end-use quality driving markets around the world, Montana can maintain a competitive edge by utilizing survey results to guarantee crop quality and improve production. The Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey is one of many initiatives led by the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee to promote research, marketing, and education for the benefit of Montana producers. To learn more about how the committee is putting checkoff dollars to work, visit wbc.agr.mt.gov.

Public Meeting Notice: MT Wheat & Barley Committee

MT Wheat & Barley Committee Summer Board Meeting - June 16, 2021

Public Meeting Notice: MT Wheat & Barley Committee

The Montana Wheat & Barley Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 16th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

To receive information to join the virtual meeting, please email wbc@mt.gov or contact the MT Wheat & Barley office at (406) 761-7732.

Click here to visit the MT Wheat & Barley Committee website.

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