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24 June 2019
Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s third season Tuesday June 25th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market will run every Tuesday (except holidays) from 2:30-6:30 pm. Those interested in being a vendor should contact Julia Gustafson, Capitol Square Market Manager at capitolsquarefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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

19 June 2019
Now Hiring Commodity Services Bureau Chief

Now Hiring Commodity Services Bureau Chief

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Commodity Services Bureau Chief based in Helena. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

19 June 2019
3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

Helena, Mont. – Over 100 Montana companies showcasing fresh produce, meats, foods, coffees, teas and more will be on full display at the Montana Department of Agriculture’s 3rd Annual Montana Food Show, slated for September 27, 2019 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. The show will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and be open to both professional buyers and the public.

“We’ve been grateful to partner with and showcase Montana’s food companies at the Montana Food Show, and we’re looking forward to the third edition of the event this fall,” said Director Ben Thomas. “Interest in the event has grown each year, and we expect this year to be our biggest show yet.”

17 June 2019
Funding Cycle Now Open for Growth Through Agriculture Program

Funding Cycle Now Open for Growth Through Agriculture Program

Helena, Mont. – Folks across Montana looking to create or expand their operation or agriculture business now have the opportunity to access state grant dollars, as the 2019 funding cycle for the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program is open.

“Our Growth Through Agriculture program has provided Montana’s producers and small-business owners with vital funding to help create jobs in their communities and add value to our state’s ag products,” said Department of Agriculture Director, Ben Thomas. “With our ag industry becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking forward to seeing this next round of applications.”

Those interested in applying for GTA funds should visit www.gta.mt.gov and www.fundingmt.org for more information on how to apply.‚Äč

14 June 2019
Ag Groups Partner with State Agencies to Create  Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Ag Groups Partner with State Agencies to Create Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

Helena, Mont. – Montana’s Agriculture in the Classroom program will take on a new form as Montana Farmer’s Union, the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, the Office of Public Instruction and the Montana Department of Agriculture today announced the creation of a new nonprofit organization that will oversee and implement the program. The Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation will be a public-private partnership governed by a board of representatives from each of the founding partners.

06 June 2019
Andy Gray named Montana Hemp Program Coordinator

Andy Gray named Montana Hemp Program Coordinator

Helena, Mont. –Director Ben Thomas announced today that Andy Gray, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Montana Department of Agriculture, has been named as the new Montana Hemp Program Coordinator. Gray has been deeply involved in crafting Montana’s hemp plan since the beginning and he will begin his new position immediately.

03 June 2019
2019 Montana Beverage Show Vendor Registration Now Open

2019 Montana Beverage Show Vendor Registration Now Open

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the first annual Montana Beverage Show November 4, 2019 at the Detla Hotels Marriott Helena Colonial in Helena.

You’ve asked for it and we’re making it happen! When surveyed, an overwhelming majority of respondents were interested in participating in a Montana Beverage Show. Out of that group, 80% said they were ready for a show in 2019! This show is aimed at connecting Montana beverage makers with buyers looking for these types of products.

You can expect to see:

  • Breweries
  • Distilleries
  • Wineries
  • Cideries
  • Meaderies
  • And more!

Vendor registration is now open - click here to learn more and start the registration process. The deadline for vendor registration is September 6, 2019.

Buyer registration opens on July 15, 2019.

Questions about the show? Contact Charsi Workman at (406) 444-5425 or charsi.workman@mt.gov.

28 May 2019
2019 Montana Food Show Vendors - Still Time to Register
15 May 2019
Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

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 23rd.

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.

11 April 2019
Census of Agriculture Shows Changes for Montana Agriculture

Census of Agriculture Shows Changes for Montana Agriculture

Helena, Mont. – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service today released the 2017 Census of Agriculture, highlighting several key data points important to Montana’s agriculture industry. Montana’s report can be found here.

“The Census of Agriculture is an important tool for both producers and policy makers,” said Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas. “While the report shows that Montana farmers have taken a big hit in farm income over the last 5 years, it also shows that our producers aren’t taking those hits lying down, as they continue to diversify and adopt new practices to make their operations more resilient.”

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