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Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 13th

Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Tuesday, November 13th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 8:00 am on Tuesday, November 13th in Billings at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center (1223 Mullowney Lane). The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

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

USDA Unveils New Technology for Organic Exports

USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) is working to make it a little easier for certifiers and businesses to export organic products to Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Mexico

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.

Join the Made in Montana "Taste our Place" Program

Taste our Place is a new program under Made in Montana dedicated to promoting Montana-sourced food and drink and the places that serve them

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!

 

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

Application / Renewal Fees

We take debit card/credit card payments over the phone. Please call (406) 444-7804 to make a payment.

Base Fee:

  • Operations with gross Organic sales less than $20,000: $600
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $20,001 - 40,000: $700
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $40,001-100,000: $800
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $100,001-250,000: $900
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $250,001-500,000: $1,000
  • Operations with gross Organic sales of $500,001-1,000,000: $1,250
  • Operations with gross Organic sales greater than $1,000,000: $1,500

Producer/Handler Allowance: If applying for both categories, subtract: -$115
New Application Credit: For first-time applicants, subtract -$100

Late Fees:

$200 for renewals after March 15 for Producers, OR
$200 for renewals after September 15 for Handlers

 

Assessment Fees:

Not applicable for new producers / handlers.

  • Certified Producer operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of organic products in addition to the annual application fee.
  • Certified Handling operations pay an annual assessment fee based on their level of gross annual sales of and handling charges for organic products.
  • Assessments are charged according to the following schedule:
    • Operations must pay a minimum assessment fee of: $150
    • Operations must pay: 0.5% of sales
    • Operations have a $5,000 maximum cap.

 

Inspection Fees:

Billed at cost of service, plus 10% administrative fee.

 

Miscellaneous Fees:

  • Expedited Services Fee: A surcharge of up to $1,000 may be charged for expedited services depending on the speed, time of year, and resources required. The department may set pricing standards within department policy.
  • For Handlers - Product Profile Review Fee for each new/revised label: $35 may be charged

The department shall assess a Collection Fee of 18% annual percentage rate or a minimum fee of $25, whichever is greater, for any un-paid balances not received on or before the last regular business day of the month. The department may require payment of past-due fees prior to providing certification services.