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About the Montana Organic Program

Organic Program Goals

The program is an accredited USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program.

  1. Provide professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to producers and handlers.
  2. Facilitate the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana.
  3. Protect consumers by monitoring and enforcing compliance with state and federal laws governing organic production, handling and product labeling.

The program facilitates international marketing of organic products with Canada, the European Union, Japan, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.

Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council

The eight-member Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Committee advises the department on the operation of the state's Organic Certification Program. Under Montana administrative rules, the department director serves on the committee, along with certified organic producers, a certified organic handler, and a consumer representative.

Name City Phone Email Term End Qualifications
Ben Thomas, Director Helena (406) 444-3156   Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Pat Carr
Moccasin 406-423-5421 8/19/2022 Consumer
Matt Johnson Hinsdale (406) 648-5407 8/19/2020 Producer
Ty O'Connor Ekalaka (406) 554-3412 8/19/2020 Producer
Catherine Odden Dutton (406) 463-2410 8/19/2020 At-Large Representative
Lindsey Aull
Hamilton 406-883-0974 8/19/2022 Producer
Nate Powell-Palm
Bozeman 406-539-0859 8/19/2022 Livestock
Sam Schmidt Great Falls (800) 548-8554 8/19/2019 Handler

Montana Organic Certification Program
Phone : (406) 444-7804 or (406) 444-3001
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9466
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601