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Food & Ag Development Centers: Bear Paw Center

Montana Food and Agriculture Centers

As a Food & Agricultural Development Center, Headwaters is part of a statewide network that provides assistance in food and value-added agricultural product development, marketing, and farm-based energy development. With centers in Joliet, Havre, Ronan and Butte, the network focuses on adding value to existing agricultural resources within Montana.

Headwaters works to support economic development by ensuring that more of the state’s food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate in Montana by keeping more agricultural products within the state by processing them locally.


Courtney Loeffler, FADC Director

Courtney Loeffler of the Headwaters FADC in Butte, Montana.

Contact Headwaters

Headwaters RC&D
Courtney Loeffler 
Thornton Building, 5th Floor
65 East Broadway
Butte, MT 59701

Phone : 406.533.6781
E-Mail : cedwards@headwatersrcd.org
Website : www.headwatersrcd.org
Facebook : www.facebook.com/headwatersrcd


Contact the FADC Network

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : fadc@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


The new Food and Ag Development Center at Prospera Business Network in Bozeman will serve primarily those in Park and Gallatin counties. Prospera has a 35-year history of helping people start and grow their business – and the new center will support emerging businesses in the value-added supply chain with no-cost business counseling and technical support, business development grants (like Growth Through Agriculture grants), loan financing, and targeted professional trainings with our partners at the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.

We will also be forming a new FADC Business Cluster that will support and grow the value-added agriculture industry in southwest Montana.


Paul Reichert, Director

Paul Reichert of the Prospera Business Network Food Enterprise Center in Bozeman, Montana.

Contact Prospera

Prospera Business Network
Paul Reichert, Executive Director
2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1
Bozeman, MT 59718

Phone : 406.587.3113
E-Mail : preichert@prosperamt.org
Website : www.prosperamt.org
Facebook : www.facebook.com/ProsperaBusinessNetwork


Contact the FADC Network

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : fadc@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


The purpose of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA) is to promote, stimulate, develop and advance the general welfare, commerce, economic development and prosperity of local citizens, Ravalli County, and the State of Montana.

A primary goal of the RCEDA is to create the foundation and infrastructure for knowledge-based businesses in the Bitterroot Valley to thrive. RCEDA provides cost-free business and financial planning and entrepreneurial support services which include grants, loans, technical expertise, relocation assistance, quality workforce and more.


Julie Foster, Director


Contact RCEDA

Ravalli County Economic Development Authority
Julie Foster
274 Old Corvallis Rd Suite A
Hamilton, MT 59840

Phone : 406.375.9416
E-Mail : julie@rceda.org
Website : rceda.org
Facebook : www.facebook.com/RCEDA


Contact the FADC Network

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : fadc@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


The Central Montana Food and Agriculture Development Center is operated by Snowy Mountain Development Corporation located in Lewistown, Montana.   The purpose of the center is to support economic development through assistance in the development of new businesses and retention of existing production and value-added agriculture businesses in Central Montana and to further develop local food structures.  This center recognizes the hard work of existing organizations and will collaborate through partnerships within the community and across the state.  In addition, the center offers trainings and courses to further support food and agriculture in Central Montana. 

Specifically, the Central Montana FADC will work to further the reach of value-added ag products within Central Montana, create an even larger focus on local food through implementation of local sourcing to schools and expansion of the local farmer’s market, encourage sustainability of agriculture operations through succession strategies and mentorship programs and support of numerous organizations and events already working to promote Central Montana’s thriving agriculture sector. 

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation was established in 2001 to build community and economic capital in an rural six-county area of Central Montana.


Abby Majerus, Director

Abby Majerus PortroitThe Central Montana FADC is led by Abby Majerus.  Abby was raised on a farm and ranch in Central Montana and continues the tradition of production agriculture raising beef cattle, hay and wheat on the Judith River.  She graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.  She is an accredited small business counselor and an accredited agricultural consultant.


Contact Snowy Mountain Center

Snowy Mountain Development Corp
Abby MAjerus
507 W Main St
Lewistown, MT 59457

Phone : 406.535.2591
E-Mail :majerus@snowymountaindevelopment.com


Contact the FADC Network

Phone : (406) 444-5424
E-mail : fadc@mt.gov
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601