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Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at K-12 schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. 40% of Montana school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

Montana Farm to School is a collaboration between the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, and other partners.


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Montana Ag News

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Recipes and tips for buying and cooking apples in anticipation of Montana Crunch Time on October 24th

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate National Food Day and National Farm to School Month in Montana by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. MST.

Get ready by clicking here to check out apple recipes, buying tips, and cooking suggestions from Harvest at Home!

USDA Unveils New Technology for Organic Exports

USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) is working to make it a little easier for certifiers and businesses to export organic products to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Mexico

USDA Unveils New Technology for Organic Exports

The organic industry may now utilize the USDA Electronic Trade Document Exchange System (eTDE) to submit and approve organic export certificates and send them to participating foreign trade partners. Foreign trade partners can electronically review information about shipments leaving the U.S., validate printed export certificates, and pull electronic certificates directly into their own systems.

Click here or contact the Montana Organic Program at agrorganic@mt.gov to learn more about the eTDE organic option.

Celebrate Montana Crunch Time

Crunch into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24, 2018

Celebrate Montana Crunch Time

Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate National Food Day and National #FarmtoSchool Month in Montana by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24th at 2:00 pm.

This year, Montana is participating in the first multi-state CRUNCH OFF with Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado! Help Montana win the Crunch Off crown by registering your crunch at the Montana Crunch Time page from MSU and Montana Farm to School.

Stay tuned and check out the Montana Department of Agriculture Facebook page for more details on the Helena Crunch Time event!

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Potato Advisory Committee to meet on November 6, 2018

The committee will meet at the Holiday Inn in Missoula

Question-and-Answer Conference Call for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

October 23 at 10:00 am MST

Question-and-Answer Conference Call for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Helena, Mont. – Agriculture businesses and organizations throughout Montana will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer conference call on the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program at 10:00 am MST on October 23rd by calling 406-444-4647, access code: 574988. Once you have entered the access code, just stay on the line when asked for a PIN number - no PIN is required. Then enter your phone number when prompted.

Refer to the GTA page for more info.