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Harvest of the Month: Apples

Recipes and tips for buying and cooking apples in anticipation of Montana Crunch Time on October 24th

Harvest of the Month: Apples

Montana Crunch Time is a statewide event to celebrate National Food Day and National Farm to School Month in Montana by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples on October 24, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. MST.

Get ready by clicking here to check out apple recipes, buying tips, and cooking suggestions from Harvest at Home!

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 to learn more about the eTDE organic option.

Question-and-Answer Conference Call for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

October 23 at 10:00 am MST

Question-and-Answer Conference Call for Growth Through Agriculture Grant Program Applicants

Helena, Mont. – Agriculture businesses and organizations throughout Montana will have the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer conference call on the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program at 10:00 am MST on October 23rd by calling 406-444-4647, access code: 574988. Once you have entered the access code, just stay on the line when asked for a PIN number - no PIN is required. Then enter your phone number when prompted.

Refer to the GTA page for more info.


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

USDA Organic Cost Share

The current Farm Bill provided funding for the Organic Cost Share Program. The Cost Share Program provides reimbursement for 75% of Organic Certification costs or $750 maximum for each certification scope (Crops, Livestock, Wild Crops, and Handling).

The Cost Share Program is administered on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible. New applicants are eligible for the Cost Share Program as long as they provide their Organic Certificate.

Additional fees, such as late fees or other penalty fees, are not eligible for reimbursement. 

To apply, please fill out the application form below. Mail a copy of the signed application and supporting documentation to our office by the deadline of October 31, 2018:

Montana Department of Agriculture
Organic Certification Program
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201

Supporting documentation must be submitted with your application in order to issue payment. Applications submitted without the supporting documentation will be considered incomplete.

Supporting documentation includes:

  • Invoices or Receipts itemizing certification costs
  • Notice of Certification or Certificate
  • W-9 form

If you have any questions about fee eligibility or eligibility of your operation please contact our office.