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12 December 2018
Now Hiring Plant Science Specialist

Now Hiring Plant Science Specialist

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Plant Science Specialist 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.

10 December 2018
Apply Now for USDA Trade Mission to Taiwan, March 11-14, 2019

Apply Now for USDA Trade Mission to Taiwan, March 11-14, 2019

Come discover business opportunities in the heart of Asia!

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture on its first-ever trade mission to Taipei, March 11-14, 2019, and learn how to expand your business to the United States’ eighth-largest agricultural export market.

07 December 2018

Administrative Rules of MT: Proposed Rule Change

Click to view MAR Notice No. 4-18-252, pertaining to potato commodity assessments. The Montana Potato Advisory Committee recommended lowering the potato assessment at their meeting on November 6, 2018.  The proposal, MAR Notice No. 4-18-252, is published on pages 2359-2360 of the Montana Administrative Register, Issue No. 23. 

05 December 2018
MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.5 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops.

04 December 2018
USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will sponsor seven trade missions in 2019 to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture across the globe, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney announced today.

27 November 2018

Most recent update from the FDA on the Romaine E. Coli outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31, 2018. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and our partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.

Click here to read the full announcement from the FDA.

22 November 2018
From USDA AMS: Romaine Inspections

From USDA AMS: Romaine Inspections

From USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: On November 20, 2018, the US Centers for Disease Control sent out a food safety alert notifying the public that public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. (https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html)

CDC is further advising US consumers not to consume any romaine lettuce and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine until more information is known about the outbreak. At this point, no common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine identified as the source.

As a result, in order to safeguard our personnel and prevent any cross contamination, Specialty Crops Inspection Division is restricting any requests for inspection of romaine and/or any products containing romaine, to the verification of case counts, brands and markings, and statements of applicant’s intent for the product (i.e. dump inspection certificate) until further notice.

Any Agricultural Commodity Graders/Licensee who performs such inspections as listed above should follow proper food handling practices and observe hand washing protocols after handling any such products. Thank you.

For up-to-date information on Food Safety Recalls, please refer to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) website at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/FCSS

16 October 2018
USDA Unveils New Technology for Organic Exports

USDA Unveils New Technology for Organic Exports

The organic industry may now utilize the USDA Electronic Trade Document Exchange System (eTDE) to submit and approve organic export certificates and send them to participating foreign trade partners. Foreign trade partners can electronically review information about shipments leaving the U.S., validate printed export certificates, and pull electronic certificates directly into their own systems.

Click here or contact the Montana Organic Program at agrorganic@mt.gov to learn more about the eTDE organic option.

17 September 2018
Join the Made in Montana "Taste our Place" Program

Join the Made in Montana "Taste our Place" Program

Are you a restaurant sourcing local ingredients? Looking for another reason to source local? Click Here for more info and join the Taste our Place program – it's free!

21 August 2018
New Food Safety Modernization Act and Produce Safety Rule Overview Video from MDA
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