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2020 Growth Through Agriculture Program

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through the development of new agricultural products and processes. Examples of eligible project activities involve equipment purchases, construction costs, advertising and promotion, and consultant services for engineering. The GTA program is administered by the Agriculture Development Council (Council) which is attached to the Department of Agriculture.

Award Amounts:

  • Grants up to $50,000
  • Loans up to $100,000

 *Please NOTE - this will be the only application deadline for Growth Through Agriculture for fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 - June 2021).*

It is recommended that you begin working on your application as early as possible. For assistance in planning your project and working on your application, please contact your local Food and Agriculture Development Center Network www.foodandag.mt.gov or Small Business Development Center sbdc.mt.gov by September 1, 2020 for the best possible assistance.

Application Deadlines:

  • Funding Opportunity Open: July 22, 2020
  • Deadline for Confirmation Check*: November 30, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
    * If you would like to receive confirmation from the Department prior to the deadline that all items have been received before the deadline, submit your application by no later than November 30 to allow time to check for completion and time to respond to any technical issues you may have prior to the application deadline.
  • Application Deadline: December 8, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
  • Click here to apply

Important Dates

Date Time Event Venue
July 22, 2020   Post Funding Opportunity.

www.gta.mt.gov &

funding.mt.gov
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #1 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #2 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 23, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #3 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 30, 2020 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Material Verification funding.mt.gov
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:00 p.m. Application Deadline

funding.mt.gov

December 2020   Council Proposal Review & Scoring  
January 2021   Council Invitations Sent to Scoring Applicants Email & Letter
February 2021 – Date TBA  TBA Agriculture Council Review Meeting TBA
March 2020   Expected announcement of selected applications By Mail & Email

Technical Assistance:


Growth Through Agriculture News

USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

Up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban and innovative production projects

USDA Announces Grants for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of up to $4 million for grants to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects. USDA’s Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovation Production is accepting proposals for planning and innovation projects, and these grants are part of USDA’s broader efforts to support urban agriculture. 
USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 30, 2021. A pre-recorded webinar will provide an overview of the grants’ purpose, project types, eligibility and basic requirements for submitting an application. The webinar will be posted at farmers.gov/urban.   

Made in Montana Exhibitor Registration Opens May 19th

Made in Montana Tradeshow will take place in Helena September 10 - 11, 2021

Made in Montana Exhibitor Registration Opens May 19th

The Made in Montana Tradeshow for food and gifts will take place in Helena at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds on September 10 - 11th, 2021--all Grown in Montana members are encouraged to apply!

On Friday, September 10th, exhibitors will have the opportuntity to connect with wholesale buyers. Saturday, September 11th, the public is invited to attend and exhibitors will sell directly to consumers at retail prices. 

Exhibitor registration opens up on May 19th. Click here to learn more and apply to participate as an exhibitor. 

Registration Open for Free "Communicating for the Farm" Webinar Series

MSU Extension and Purdue Extension hosting webinar series to help ag producers engage with the public and share their story

Registration Open for Free "Communicating for the Farm" Webinar Series

Montana State University Extension Pondera County and Purdue Extension – Bartholomew County are teaming up to provide a webinar series dedicated to helping agricultural producers improve their agriculture communication skills. Adriane Good, from MSU Extension, and Cora Carter, from Purdue Extension, noticed that many farmers and ranchers want to engage with the public and share their story but have difficulties doing so. This webinar series aims to help producers with that, giving them the skills to communicate effectively and present themselves professionally online when engaging with a non-agricultural based public.

  • May 13: Media Literacy & Critical Thinking - Beth Forbes, Purdue University
  • May 20: Communication & Engagement - Linda Pfeiffer, Purde University
  • May 27: Communicating Controversial Topics - Group Discussion
  • June 3: Crafting Your Story - Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie)
  • June 10: Presenting Yourself Professionally Online - Sara Hollenbeck, High Five Meats
  • June 17: Practice Telling Your Story - Group Discussion

Each week’s class will begin at 5 PM MST and last until 6 PM. The webinar series will be hosted via Microsoft Teams, which will allow class participants to interact with each other between sessions. If you are unfamiliar with teams, a video will be distributed to familiarize you with the software. The webinar series is free of charge. Registration can be accessed at puext.in/comm4farm. For more information about the webinar series, contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4054.

Growth Through Agriculture Program
Phone : (406) 444-0134
E-mail : gta@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601