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The Montana Food and Agricultural Development Center (FADC) Network helps Montanans innovate and grow businesses that produce and commercialize food, agricultural and renewable energy products and processes, creating wealth and jobs in our communities and on our farms and ranches. The centers - located throughout Montana - operate as a statewide network serving community-based businesses.

The centers support economic development by ensuring that more of the state's food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate in Montana. The network provides training, coaching and technical assistance, including:

  • Product development, testing and analysis
  • Regulatory compliance training
  • Food processing
  • Business planning and development
  • Market research
  • Business networking
  • Access to financing
  • Cooperative development
  • Education on industry dynamics and technologies

FADC Locations


Contact the FADC Network

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : fadc@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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FADC News

Now Hiring Hemp Program Technician

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring Hemp Program Technician

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Hemp Program Technician based in Helena. Applications will be accepted until October 23, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

MDA Offering Webinars for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Open Question and Answer Sessions October 8 and 22

MDA Offering Webinars for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Helena, Mont. – Agriculture businesses and organizations throughout Montana will have the opportunity to learn more about the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program through two upcoming open question and answer webinars/conference calls on October 8 and October 22.

  • October 8, 2019 at 1:00 p.m: Open Question and Answer Conference Call/Webinar #1* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 1911561 If you are asked for a pin number, do not enter one, just stay on the line and you will be joined to the audio for the webinar.
    Join on Skype for Business using this link: https://rtchelena.mt.gov/meet/jauer/QJ54208C.
  • October 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m: Open Question and Answer Conference Call/Webinar #2* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 8943672 If you are asked for a pin number, do not enter one, just stay on the line and you will be joined to the audio for the webinar.
    Join on Skype for Business using this link: https://rtchelena.mt.gov/meet/jauer/QJ54208C.

If you do not already have it, you will need the Skype for Business web browser plugin, which can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links above and accepting the plugin when prompted.

For more information, visit the GTA page, or catch up on the "How to Apply for a GTA Grant/Loan" webinar using the links below:

Hemp Processor License Now Available in Montana

Hemp Processor License Now Available in Montana

Helena, Mont. – As hemp growers throughout Montana harvest the 2019 crop, the Montana Department of Agriculture has announced that a Hemp Processor License is now available. The department has created a hemp processing license to provide consistency and comply with new USDA oversight established in the 2018 Farm Bill. The new rule will help the Department of Agriculture avoid jurisdictional confusion with the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and allow new businesses to have some degree of regulatory certainty.

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Abundant Montana is a connection to the land, to our neighbors, and to those committed to using locally-grown food in their businesses. How our food is produced and the distance it travels determines the prosperity of our communities and the health of our landscapes.


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  • FoodSecurity.Org: A good source of food policy information provided by the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a non-profit organization that provides resources to help build strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times.