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Welcome to the Farmers Market Portal on the Montana Department of Agriculture website. This portal includes resources and community-building features for Montana Farmers Market Managers.

Use the Farmers Market Portal area of the main menu or the links below to access resources on market-related topics. Questions, comments and suggestions can be emailed to farmersmarkets@mt.gov. Technical issues or questions can be directed to Montana Department of Agriculture Web Developer Ben HarrisĀ at Ben.Harris@mt.gov.

Just getting started with your Farmers Market? Check out Starting a Farmers' Market in Montana, a complete guidebook from NCAT, AERO and USDA.

Click here to email farmersmarkets@mt.gov with questions and suggestions to be shared on the portal.

Update Your Farmers Market Listing

  • If you see updates that need to be made to your listing, please go to the Abundant Montana Directory at aeromt.org/abundant and click on Submit/Update a Listing on the top of the page.
  • Once updated, email farmersmarkets@mt.gov to let us know so that we can update your listing in Montana Department of Agriculture and other partner materials.

Join the Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook

The Montana Farmers Market Manager Group on Facebook is a great place to ask questions, get support, and share info and resources to manage a successful market. If you have a Facebook account, it's easy to join:

  • Send an email to farmersmarkets@mt.gov to request an invitation, OR
  • Search for Montana Farmers Market Managers in Facebook Groups and request to join.

Farmers Market News

How to Determine Farm Status for FSMA Produce Safety Rule

Produce Safety Program requests growers complete the Farm Status Determination Form

How to Determine Farm Status for FSMA Produce Safety Rule

The Montana Department of Agriculture Produce Safety Program encourages all produce growers to submit the status of their farm in relation to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Produce growers can determine the status of their operation by completing the Farm Status Determination form. 

Click here to complete the Farm Status Determination Form.

Click here to visit the Produce Safety Program and learn more about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and Produce Safety Rule (PSR).

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Available - Applications due March 22, 2021

Workshop and Open Office: February 17, 2021

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Available - Applications due March 22, 2021

The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Click Here to learn more and apply. Applications are due no later than March 22, 2021. Please refer to the Federal Register Notices for more information on the deadline and various ways the Agency will accept applications.

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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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To suggest an item for the Farmers Market News feed, email web admin Justin Ringsak at JRingsak@mt.gov