The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Hay Hotline is an online portal where producers can donate, buy, or sell hay. Producers needing donated hay or producers wanting to donate hay can go to the portal using the links below and create a listing by selecting “Donation” from the “Forage Type” dropdown menu. Users can also search existing listings to see what is currently available.


If you have Forage
for sale click here
to Enter a New Listing


If you are looking
for Hay click here
to Search for Hay Listings


If you are looking
for Pasture click here
to Search for Pasture Listings


To check for pricing before you list your forage, visit the USDA Montana Weekly Hay Market page. Listing prices on the Hay Hotline vary or are not listed.



The Montana Department of Agriculture maintains this list as a service to the Agricultural industry and particularly to those in need of hay and those who have hay to supply. The department maintains this list and makes it available with the expectation that all buyers and sellers will treat each other in an equitable and lawful manner. The department makes no representations, express or implied as to the amount, kind or quality of hay listed or as to the character of the participants.


Hay Hotline FAQ

An alfalfa field in Montana.

There are four ways to get your listing on the Hay Hotline:

  1. Enter your listing online (click here to get started).
  2. Call (406) 444-2402.
  3. E-mail your information to agr@mt.gov.
  4. Fax your information to (406) 444-9442

Select the Search for Hay Listings option on the Hay Hotline page, then use the different search filters to find listings that suit your needs. Once you've found a hay source you believe may work for you, contact that producer directly using the contact information provided in each listing.

No, the service is entirely free of charge.

Donations can be listed on the Hay Hotline application: when adding your listing, simply select 'Donation' in the 'Forage Type' dropdown menu.


Ag News

Public Meeting (Via Zoom): MT Oilseed Advisory Committee

September 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

Public Meeting (Via Zoom): MT Oilseed Advisory Committee

The Montana Oilseed Advisory Commmittee will meet via Zoom at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Zoom Meeting Info:

To join using a computer:  https://mt-gov.zoom.us/j/94801685895?pwd=bk8xcjNEcVdxNlFObkI4d0dmZHYyZz09

To join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 406 444 9999; Meeting ID: 948 0168 5895; Password: 145405


For more information, please call (406) 444-2402 or email danielle.jones@mt.gov

Governor Bullock Announces over $7.5 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grants

Bullock, MDA award grants to over 60 businesses for meat processing

Governor Bullock Announces over $7.5 Million of Coronavirus Relief Funds Awarded through Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grants

MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) today announced that over $7.5 million in grant funding has been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant (MMPIG) programs. The grants are designed to aid small and medium-sized meat processors in responding to the COVID-19 crisis through the adaptation and advancement of meat processing infrastructure and capacity in Montana.


“The impacts of COVID-19 have highlighted how fragile the nation’s supply chain can be, especially when it comes to meat processing,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “It’s crucial that our producers have viable options for getting their meat to market. Investing in meat processing infrastructure will help our Montana producers, strengthen local food systems, and bolster food security for Montanans in communities across the state from Plains to Circle.”

Click to view the list of recipients

FDA Investigates Outbreak of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)

Do not eat, sell, or serve onions from Thomson International, Inc.

FDA Investigates Outbreak of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA as a likely source of potentially contaminated red onions. Although the investigation has determined that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak, Thomson International, Inc. has notified FDA that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination. This recall would include red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. Recall information will be made public as soon as it is available from Thomson International, Inc.

Click to learn more and see recommendations.

Click to view map of reported cases.

Agricultural Development & Marketing Bureau
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0202