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Montana Agriculture Development Council

The Agriculture Development Council establishes policies and priorities to enhance the future development of agriculture in Montana including the award of loans and grants offered through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program.

The committee is appointed by the Governor and composed of seven members. Board members serve three-year terms. For additional information about Governor appointed Boards and Councils, visit the Boards, Councils & Commissions website from Montana.Gov.

Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications
Director Ben Thomas Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 49620
agr@mt.gov
  Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Director Tara Rice Dept. of Commerce
PO Box 200501
Helena, MT 59620
commerce.mt.gov/Contact
  Commerce Director, Statutory Appointment
John Wicks 5238 Broadhurst Road
Ledger, MT 59456
7/1/2022 Agriculture Representative
Amy Kellogg 442 5th Avenue East
Kalispell, MT 59901
7/1/2022 Agriculture Representative
Lars Hanson P.O. Box 6
Edgar, MT 59026
7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative
Tara Mastel P.O. Box 2182
Red Lodge, MT 59068
7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative
Patricia Quisno PO Box 206
Harlem, MT 59526
7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative

Growth Through Agriculture News

Public Meeting (via Zoom): Agriculture Development Council

July 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

Public Meeting (via Zoom): Agriculture Development Council

The Agriculture Development Council will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, July 21st at 12:00 p.m.

To join using a computer:

https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/94904787745?pwd=QWk0YlVCTFZ6V0w5TzJTVlBYS3pTdz09; Meeting ID: 949 0478 7745; Password: 712561

To join by phone:

+1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999; Meeting ID: 949 0478 7745; Password: 712561

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Governor Bullock Announces over $1 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program

Governor Bullock, MDA award grants to over 100 food and ag businesses

Governor Bullock Announces over $1 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program

Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that over $1 million in grant funding has been awarded from the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP). The grants are designed to provide relief to small and medium-sized food and agriculture businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Agriculture drives our economy in Montana, and the COVID-19 crisis has shed new light on the importance of our local food systems,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “The adaptability grants directly support producers and value-added food and ag businesses affected by the pandemic. From Missoula, to Two Dot, to Scobey, Montanans across the state are finding innovative ways to strengthen and expand our access to local foods at a time when we need it most.”

 

 

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Montana Invests in Meat Processing and Infrastructure - MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Grants up to $150,000 available through the MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Montana Invests in Meat Processing and Infrastructure - MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant

Helena, Mont. – Small and medium-sized meat processors in Montana have an opportunity to receive funding to support and expand processing infrastructure and capacity through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant. Governor Steve Bullock announced the availability of these grants last week as part of additional funding to aid businesses recovering from economic impacts of COVID-19.

“With increased demand on both the national supply chain and our local food systems, it’s time to invest in in-state meat processing,” said Ben Thomas, Director of Montana Department of Agriculture. “These grants give our producers an opportunity to shift their operations, so they can access new markets, and we can keep quality Montana raised meat here in Montana.”

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