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Rycom Transit Services in Sunburst, Montana, a Montana Growth Through Agriculture business.

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 Join Skype Meeting on the day of the webinar to participate. To join by phone: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 574988 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.
October 8, 2019 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Conference Call #1* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 574988 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.
October 22, 2019 10:00 a.m. Open Question and Answer Conference Call #2* - Call in number: 406-444-4647 Conference ID: 574988 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.
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 2020 - Date TBA   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

2019 Montana Food Show Vendors - Still Time to Register

Final deadline for vendor registration extended to August 16th

2019 Montana Food Show Vendors - Still Time to Register

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the third annual Montana Food Show September 27, 2019 at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. Interested in being a 2019 Vendor? Click here for online Vendor Registration.

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to West Africa October 28-31, 2019

Application deadline is August 2, 2019

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to West Africa October 28-31, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will lead a trade mission to Accra, Ghana, October 28-31, seeking to unlock new export opportunities in several West African countries where strong economic growth is driving demand for imported food and farm products.

2019 Montana Beverage Show Buyer Registration Now Open

Beverage show will be held November 4, 2019 at the Delta Hotels Marriott Helena Colonial in Helena

2019 Montana Beverage Show Buyer Registration Now Open

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the first annual Montana Beverage Show November 4, 2019 at the Detla Hotels Marriott Helena Colonial in Helena.

You’ve asked for it and we’re making it happen! When surveyed, an overwhelming majority of respondents were interested in participating in a Montana Beverage Show. Out of that group, 80% said they were ready for a show in 2019! This show is aimed at connecting Montana beverage makers with buyers looking for these types of products.

You can expect to see:

  • Breweries
  • Distilleries
  • Wineries
  • Cideries
  • Meaderies
  • And more!

Buyer registration is now open - click here to learn more and start the registration process.

Questions about the show? Contact Charsi Workman at (406) 444-5425 or charsi.workman@mt.gov.

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