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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 Mike Foster Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 49620
agr@mt.gov
  Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Dept. of Commerce Director 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
7/1/2023 Agriculture Representative
George Kipp, III P.O. Box 191
Heart Butte, MT 59448
7/1/2023 Agriculture Representative
Megan Hedges PO Box 571
Chester, MT 59522
7/1/2023 Agriculture Representative

Growth Through Agriculture News

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Loans up to $8,500 available to young Montana farmers and ranchers

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Montana youth ages 21 and under may be eligible for up to $8,500 in loan financing through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan Program.

“With the average age of farmers and ranchers being nearly 60 years old, supporting the next generation is vital to Montana’s livelihood,” said MDA Director Mike Foster. “The Junior Ag Loan Program plays an important role in connecting young people who are passionate about pursuing projects in agriculture with the financing they need to get started.”

Click here to learn more about the Junior Ag Loan Program and apply. 

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MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $3 million in funding available for Montana agriculture

MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $3 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program.

The purpose of the SCBG program is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana. Specialty crops include fruits and vegetables, peas, and lentils, dried fruits, as well as horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture. State and/or local organizations, government entities, producer associations, academia, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts.

Grant proposals are due to the Montana Department of Agriculture by 2:00 p.m. February 19, 2021. Technical assistance calls will be held on January 30 and February 18, 2021.  For more information, visit agr.mt.gov/SpecialtyCropGrantProgram or contact Grace Aklestad, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Manager, at (406) 444-3407 or email scbg@mt.gov.

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Public Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council Virtual Meeting

December 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Public Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council Virtual Meeting

The Agricutlure Development Council will meet virtually via Zoom at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020. 

For meeting information, please email agr@mt.gov or call (406) 444-3156. See Agenda attached.

Click here to learn more about the Montana Agriculture Development Council.

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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