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What does the Produce Program do for you?

This program provides licenses to produce dealers in order to ensure the quality of fruits and vegetables distributed in Montana. The program's objectives are to:

  • Ensure that produce meets USDA quality standards.
  • Guard against entry of diseases and pests that could harm the fruit & vegetable industry.

How does the program ensure produce quality?

The program provides regulatory services to the public and to specific agricultural industries. To ensure produce quality for Montana consumers, the program inspects and samples produce to confirm that it meets USDA standards and is free from diseases and pests of concern to the fruit & vegetable industry.

Program provides third party inspections for:

  • Produce imported into Montana
    - Grade inspections
    - Condition inspections
  • Produce exported from Montana
    - Grade inspections
    - Shipping point inspections

For more information, refer to the Inspection tab below.

Seed Potato Inspections

Seed potatoes imported into, exported from or shipped within Montana must meet USDA and state seed grade standards. Seed potatoes must also be free from late blight, bacterial ring rot and potato cyst nematode.

Seed potatoes shipped into Montana are subject to a receiving point inspection. Seed potatoes grown in Montana are subject to a shipping point inspection by the Seed Potato Inspection Program. For more information see: Seed Potato Inspection Program.

Who needs a produce dealer license?

  • Anyone who wholesales produce in Montana;
  • Anyone transporting produce from out of state for retail sale in Montana; and
  • Anyone retailing produce grown in the state when gross retail sales exceed $25,000 annually.

For more information refer to the Licensing section below.


Inspections

The Produce program inspectors provide third party inspections for:

  • Produce imported into Montana
    - Grade inspections; and
    - Condition inspections.
  • Produce exported from Montana:
    - Grade inspections; and
    - Shipping point inspections

Fees:

The following fees are paid per service, as follows:

  • Minimum fee for any inspection: $50
  • Shipping point inspection fee (for exports): $0.095 per unit of produce shipped
  • Receiving point inspection fee (for imports): hourly fee

Licensing

A produce dealer license is required for any person who wholesales produce in the state, transports produce from out of state into this state for retail sales, or retails produce grown by the produce dealer in this state when gross retail sales exceed $25,000 annually.

A separate license is required for each place of business, including vehicles. When completing the Produce Dealer License Application form please be sure to enter a license plate number or assigned unit number for each business vehicle, (not a VIN).

Licenses are issued annually and are renewed by January 1st of each year.

Produce inspection fees are assessed semi-annually from distributors for all produce distributed in Montana.

IMPORTANT: Please be sure to save a copy of the form(s) below to your local computer before filling anything out. If you attempt to complete a form directly in your web browser, you may not be able to save and send the form, and your work could be lost.

Download the
Application for
Produce Dealers License
FEE EXEMPT

Download the
Application for
Produce Dealers License
FEE REQUIRED

Download the
Produce Assessment
Semi-Annual Report Form

Fees:

  • Annual Dealer License: $50.00 per place of business, including vehicles
  • Semi-Annual Assessment: $0.06 per unit distributed

 

Produce News

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019

Application deadline is July 8, 2019

USDA is Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019

U.S. agricultural exporters looking tap the rapidly growing Southeast Asian market will have their chance when the U.S. Department of Agriculture leads a trade mission to Vietnam, October 15-18, 2019. Join us in Ho Chi Minh City, where you will meet buyers from Vietnam, Thailand and Burma (Myanmar), and discover how demand for U.S. farm and food products is growing in the region. 

Application deadline is July 8, 2019. 

Please click here for more information.

Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Market officially starts 6/25 and will run 2:30-6:30 every Tuesday

Capitol Square Farmers Market Kicks Off 2019 Season

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s third season Tuesday June 25th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market will run every Tuesday (except holidays) from 2:30-6:30 pm. Those interested in being a vendor should contact Julia Gustafson, Capitol Square Market Manager at capitolsquarefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

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

3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

Buyer registration now open

3rd Annual Montana Food Show set for September in Bozeman

Helena, Mont. – Over 100 Montana companies showcasing fresh produce, meats, foods, coffees, teas and more will be on full display at the Montana Department of Agriculture’s 3rd Annual Montana Food Show, slated for September 27, 2019 at the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman. The show will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and be open to both professional buyers and the public.

“We’ve been grateful to partner with and showcase Montana’s food companies at the Montana Food Show, and we’re looking forward to the third edition of the event this fall,” said Director Ben Thomas. “Interest in the event has grown each year, and we expect this year to be our biggest show yet.”

Larry Krum
Anhydrous Ammonia / Seed Potato/ Produce Program Manager

Phone: (406) 444-5419
E-mail: LKrum@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

Kay Deskins
Licensing & Registration Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-0510
E-mail : KDeskins@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

Commodity Services Bureau
Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone : (406) 444-3730
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

 

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