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The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. The GTA program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture with counsel from the Agriculture Development Council.

For more detailed information on the program, what is eligible for funding and what the requirements would be, click here for the GTA Program Guidelines, and refer to the "To Apply for Funding" section below.

Application Deadlines:


Important Dates

Date Time Deadline/Event
June 2019   Funding opportunity posted at www.fundingmt.org.
August 14, 2019 10:00 a.m. Webinar* - Click here to view or download a copy of the webinar presentation in PDF format.
Click here to view a video of the webinar on MDA's YouTube channel.
October 8, 2019 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. If you do not already have it, you will need the Skype for Business web browser plugin, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link above and accepting the plugin when prompted.
October 22, 2019 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 the link above and accepting the plugin when prompted.
October 27, 2019 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Material Verification on www.fundingmt.org.
November 1, 2019 2:00 p.m. Application deadline at www.fundingmt.org.
November - December 2019   Council proposal review and scoring.
December 2019   Council invitations sent to scoring applicants by email and letter.
February 4-5, 2020   Agriculture Council Review Meeting at the Montana Department of Agriculture in Helena.
March 1, 2020 5:00 p.m. Expected announcement of selected applications by mail and email.

All times in Mountain Standard Time.


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Growth Through Agriculture News

Governor Bullock Celebrates Launch of Montana Craft Malt

Butte facility is the only craft malt-house making product exclusively from Montana barley

Governor Bullock Celebrates Launch of Montana Craft Malt

BUTTE – Governor Steve Bullock today celebrated the completion of construction of Montana Craft Malt, a facility that will produce 10,000 tons of malt per year from world-class Montana-grown barley.

“It’s no secret that Montana’s craft beer industry is thriving, and the state’s growers continue to produce some of the highest quality grain in the world,” Governor Bullock said. “The Montana Craft Malt facility will capitalize on both strengths to help the state’s breweries deliver products that are made in Montana from seed to a pint glass and elevate Montana grown products to an international level.”

Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Pulse Crop Research and Marketing Program

Research Proposals due by December 6, 2019 / Marketing Proposals due by March 1, 2020

Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Pulse Crop Research and Marketing Program

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee invites proposals to fund market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana's pulse industry. All funding awards will be determined by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee or the USADPLC Research Review Committee. Generally, to qualify for consideration, proposals must have practical, near-term application involving practices or organizational arrangements that will stimulate an expanded pulse industry.

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


Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Marketing area must be received on or before March 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee. Proposals must be submitted through the online WebGrants application portal at fundingmt.org. Instructions on using Webgrants can be found in the files below:


Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Research area are to be submitted through USADPLC Industry Research Proposals, and are due on or before December 6, 2019.


Pulse Growers Question FDA Report Linking Dog Food Containing Pulses to Heart Condition

By Russell Nemetz – Montana Ag Network

Pulse Growers Question FDA Report Linking Dog Food Containing Pulses to Heart Condition

Like other farmers, trade wars and tariffs are hurting pulse crop farmers financially. And now pulse growers and some pet food companies are also losing business because of a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report linking pulse crops in dog food as a possible cause of enlarged heart disease in some dogs.

The FDA has been looking for more than a year into dogs with dilated cardiomyopathy or DCM which is effectively an enlarged heart disease. However, pulse growers like Chester’s Jillien Streit say FDA overstepped its bounds in drawing a direct link to specific pet food ingredients in a sample size of 560 cases out of a dog population of roughly 77 million.

“The issue that we take with this as pulse growers in Montana is as we continue to look into this, because, of course, you know, everyone's concerned” said Streit. “You don't want anyone's dog to have any issues and we don't want our products to be hurting anything. So, we start looking into this and we see that there's some really questionable issues with this particular report.”

She says the FDA’s report is hurting the market for pulses like peas and lentils which has already been damaged by ongoing trade wars.

Growth Through Agriculture Program
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail : gta@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601