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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 agrorganic@mt.gov 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 : agrorganic@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9466
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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    Email: agrorganic@mt.gov
    Mail: 302 N. Roberts
    PO Box 200201
    Helena, MT 59620
    Fax: 406-444-9466

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Renewing Producers - Due Annually on March 15

New Producers - may apply any time, but at least 60 days before harvest.

Producer Application Forms

Renewal Organic System Plan Update

Producer System Plan - Required for New Certification

Fill out only the sections that pertain to your operation.

System Plan Update Forms - Required for Renewals

Fill out form that pertains to your operation.

Land Application Forms


Renewing Handlers - Due Annually on September 15

Handler Application Forms

Renewal Organic System Plan Update

Handler System Plan - Required for New Certification

Handler Product Profiles - Required for New Certification

Handler Labeling Information


Land Application

Organic Land Application Forms

Also Required for Land Certification for New Producers