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 agr@mt.gov   Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Pat Carr Moccasin 406-423-5421 patrick.carr@montana.edu 8/19/2022 Consumer
Matt Johnson Hinsdale 406-648-5407 jriorganic@gmail.com 8/19/2020 Producer
Ty O'Connor Ekalaka 406-554-3412 oconnorranch@yahoo.com 8/19/2020 Producer
Catherine Odden Dutton 406-463-2410 mocao2410@gmail.com 8/19/2020 At-Large Representative
Lindsey Aull Hamilton 406-883-0974 fourthwavefarm@gmail.com 8/19/2022 Producer
Nate Powell-Palm Bozeman 406-539-0859 natepowellpalm@gmail.com 8/19/2022 Livestock
Sam Schmidt Great Falls 800-548-8554 sam@montanamilling.com 8/19/2019 Handler


Montana Organic Commodity Advisory Council Meeting Minutes

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