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  • Montana Food Show Buyer Registration Opens
    Montana Food Show Buyer Registration Opens

    Montana Food Show Buyer Registration Opens

    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.

    Early bird registration for vendors will open March 7th and run until regular registration begins May 16th.

    Final deadline for vendor registration is July 24th.

    Buyer registration will open June 3rd.

    Let’s get more Montana foods on Montana plates!

    In 2019 you can expect:

    • International trade groups from Canada and Mexico
    • Public will be allowed for the trade show

    At the second annual Montana Food Show in 2018:

    • $9,933 in reported sales from the day of the show
    • 64 Montana companies showcased
    • 166 buyers from more than 55 companies
      • Hotels & resorts
      • Restaurants & bars
      • Gift shops
      • Catering services
      • Distributors & wholesalers
      • Grocery stores & markets

    Interested in being a 2019 Vendor? Click here for online Vendor Registration.

    Wondering if this show is for you? Click here for the 2018 Vendor List.

    If you have any questions about the show, please contact Marketing Officer Marty Earnheart at (406) 444-2402, MEarnheart@mt.gov.

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16 May 2019

Administrative Rules of MT: Financial Responsibility amendments to ARM 4.10.101 through 4.10.103, 4.10.108, 4.10.401, 4.10.403, and 4.10.404

Click to view the MT Administrative Register, Issue No. 9, page 537.

16 May 2019

Administrative Rules of MT: Hemp New Rules I, II, III and IV and amendment of ARM 4.12.3104 and 4.19.101 through 4.19.106

Click to view the MT Administrative Register, Issue No. 9, pages 532 - 536.

16 May 2019

Public Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council Meeting / Food & Ag Center Proposal Review

The Agricultural Development Council will meet on July 2nd in Room 225 at the Department of Agriculture (Scott Hart Bldg., 302 N. Roberts, Helena, MT) beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Click to learn more about the Ag Development Council and Growth Through Agriculture program.

14 May 2019

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Meeting / Tours

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council and Dept. of Agriculture staff will meet on July 18, 2019 at the Cascade County Public Works Bldg. (279 Vaughn S. Frontage Rd., Great Falls) from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Click to learn more about the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council members and activities.

Meeting Agenda will be posted soon.

06 May 2019
USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

For full details on how to apply in Montana, and to start an application, visit our Organic Certification Cost Share page, or email agrorganic@mt.gov.

01 May 2019

Administrative Rules of MT: Public Hearing

Click to view the Montana Administrative Register, Issue No. 8, published on April 26, 2019.  The Department of Agriculture's Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment of the State Noxious Weed List is published on pages 413 and 414.

A public hearing will be held on May 22, 2019 at the Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts, Helena, MT) at 9:00 a.m.  Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or agruments either orally or in writing at the hearing, by email (agr@mt.gov), phone (406-444-3144), or mail (PO Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201).

 

25 April 2019
Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. –The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by visiting the program’s website.

23 April 2019

Public Meeting Notice: MT Pulse Crop Committee Meeting

Click to learn more about the MT Pulse Crop Committee.

Committee members will begin their summer mtg. at 10:00 a.m. on June 17th in Room 225 of the Scott Hart Building at 302 N. Roberts in Helena, MT.  An agenda will be available soon.  Please reach out to Weston Merrill for more information: (406) 444-3407.

09 April 2019
Gov. Bullock Temporarily Lifts Hours of Service  Regulations to Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Gov. Bullock Temporarily Lifts Hours of Service Regulations to Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Helena, Mont. – With a compressed spring planting schedule and an increased fertilizer delivery demand facing farmers across Montana, Governor Bullock yesterday signed an executive order temporarily exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations. The order pertains only to carriers actively involved in transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.

The executive order requires that carriers and commercial drivers operate their commercial motor vehicles in a safe and prudent manner, and that “hours of service” requirements must be followed if a driver needs immediate rest. The order will expire at midnight on June 6th, 2019.

The executive order can be found here.

14 March 2019
MDA Announces Appointments to Montana Hemp Advisory Committee

MDA Announces Appointments to Montana Hemp Advisory Committee

Helena, Mont. – After receiving significant interest from producers and stakeholders throughout the state, Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas announced today that nine individuals have been appointed to the Montana Hemp Advisory Committee.

“We are grateful that so many folks were interested in serving on the Hemp Advisory Committee, and the selection process wasn’t easy,” said Director Thomas. “The appointees represent Montana hemp growers both large and small, and also reflect the diverse growing regions of Montana’s ag industry. I look forward to working with the committee to shape the future of Montana’s hemp industry.”

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