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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:

  • To be determined - check back June 2019 for updates.
    Program funding is being reviewed by the Montana Legislature during the 2019 Legislative Session.

Important Dates:

  • To be determined.

Technical Assistance:

  • Frequently Asked Questions / FAQs – Click Here
  • GTA Webinar – Click here to view and listen to a recording of the 2018 webinar on the Montana Department of Agriculture YouTube channel
  • Sample Application Form - Click Here


    Bausch Potatoes of Whitehall, Montana, a Montana Growth Through Agriculture business.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    The Council may make a grant or loan if it determines a project is consistent with the goals of the Growth Through Agriculture Act. Projects should primarily add value to Montana's agricultural products and have the potential to create and/or retain jobs in Montana.

    BEFORE beginning the application process, the applicant should be able to document exactly how the project will expand Montana agriculture. The growth could be measurable either in terms of increased sales (by dollar amount or percentage) or in number of jobs created.

    The Council strongly urges applicants to contact the Food and Agricultural Development Center network, Small Business Development Center network, and their local economic development organization for assistance with their GTA application, financial projections, business and marketing plans as necessary.

    Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a maximum total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs. A $1 for $1 match is required for all proposals.


    Targeted Areas for Funding

    The Council designated the following areas to be eligible for consideration for 0% interest rate loans:

    • Businesses expanding or adding value to Montana commodities, and
    • Businesses transitioning beyond direct sales/farmers markets.

    Apply Online:

    Applications for Growth Through Agriculture funding are available online through WebGrants. Applicants must be a registered user associated with an organization. Register and apply online at

    Instructions for Completing a GTA Application:

    1. Read the GTA Program Guidelines in order to determine whether or not your project is eligible and learn more about the details of the program to begin the GTA application process.
    2. Contact the Food and Agriculture Development Center Network, Small Business Development Center network, and your local economic development organization to discuss your project and request assistance in applying for your Growth Through Agriculture grant or loan.
    3. Register and Apply Online: Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) applications are available online at
    4. Register with the Montana Secretary of State. If your company is not already registered with the Montana Secretary of State, you may need to do so before going further with the application process. Organizations other than Sole Proprietorships must be registered with the Montana Secretary of State prior to submittal of the GTA application. Any application from an organization that is not registered with the Montana Secretary of State will not be accepted.
    5. Complete an application. Go to and login with your username and password. Go through the following steps to open and begin an application:
      • Select "Funding Opportunities" from the menu list.
      • Select the most appropriate funding opportunity under "Opportunity Title."
      • To open an application, click "Start a New Application."
    6. Prepare Financial Statements. Prepare a cash flow statement using the spreadsheet form (.xlsx format) below, projected to a point of positive cash flow and profitability, and a balance sheet to accompany your application. All applications must include: a cash flow statement, a current and projected balance sheet, and a list of all key financial assumptions (.doc format). The list of key assumptions should provide the basis for all major financial projections. Any application that does not include these items in the prescribed form will not be accepted.
    7. Credit Check Release Form. This form must be received by the application deadline. Complete the form and submit by fax or mail to: GTA Program
      Montana Department of Agriculture
      P.O. Box 200201
      Helena, Montana 59620-0201
      Fax: 406-444-9442

    If you have questions, email

    Pioneer Meats of Big Timber, Montana, a Montana Growth Through Agriculture business.

    Grant and Loan Reporting

    Semi-annual reports are required of all applicants who accept either a GTA grant or loan award. These are due on the dates set forth in the award contract until the project is complete, at which time a comprehensive final report is due.

    These semi-annual and final reports are required to be filled out through the WebGrants system at Use the same user ID and password issued during registration to apply for Growth Through Agriculture funding. When logged into click on "Grantee Instructions" and scroll down to "Status Reports" to learn more about how to use this component.

    Please contact GTA program staff using the information listed on this page if you have further questions about the program or reporting processes.

    Lee McAlpine of Montana CiderWorks in Sula, Montana, a Montana Growth Through Agriculture business.

    *NOTE: There will be no further Mini Grant/Mini Loan funding through June 30, 2019.*

    The Growth Through Agriculture Mini Grant/Loan program (Mini Grant/Loan program) is a branch of the Montana Growth Through Agriculture program and was authorized by the 2009 Montana Legislature to encourage economic and agricultural development.

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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
      Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
    Acting Director Marty Tuttle Dept. of Commerce
    PO Box 200501
    Helena, MT 59620
      Commerce Director, Statutory Appointment
    Greg Jergeson PO Box 1568
    Chinook, MT 59523
    7/1/2019 Agriculture Representative
    Amy Kellogg 442 5th Avenue East
    Kalispell, MT 59901
    7/1/2019 Agriculture Representative
    Lars Hanson Edgar, MT 59026 7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative
    Tara Mastel Whitehall, MT 59759 7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative
    Patricia Quisno PO Box 206
    Harlem, MT 59526
    7/1/2020 Agriculture Representative


Growth Through Agriculture Project Locations (1989-2018)

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Proposals Sought for 2019 Pulse Research & Market Development Program

Proposals Sought for 2019 Pulse Research & Market Development Program

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee (MPCC) is seeking proposals for the Montana Pulse Research & Market Development Program. The MPCC invites proposals to fund research projects, market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana’s pulse industry.

Research proposals are to be submitted through the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council (USADPLC) and are due December 8th. The Research review process will be held February 12-14, 2019 in Fargo, ND. USADPLC will finalize its budget by June 30, 2019 and award notices will be sent out in July 2019. For more information on research proposals, see the USADPLC Request for Proposals at:

Proposals submitted for market development or education projects must be received by the MPCC on or before March 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm. Proposals must be submitted through the Webgrants system at Instructions on using Webgrants can be found at:

Visit for a complete list of guidelines and eligibility requirements. Questions on applications should be directed to the Montana Pulse Crop Committee, PO Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201 or by contacting Zach Coccoli at (406) 444-0132 or via email at

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.  

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Governor Bullock signs MOU with Mexican Craft Brewers Association

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


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