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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

Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

Montana Food Show set for September 27th in Bozeman

Discounted Vendor Early-Bird Registrations for Montana Food Show open until May 23

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be hosting the third annual Montana Food Show September 27, 2019 at MSU’s Brick Breeden Fieldhouse in Bozeman.

Early bird registration for vendors will open March 7th and run until regular registration begins May 23rd.

Final deadline for vendor registration is July 24th.

Buyer registration will open June 3rd.

Let’s get more Montana foods on Montana plates!

In 2019 you can expect:

  • International trade groups from Canada and Mexico
  • Public will be allowed for the trade show

At the second annual Montana Food Show in 2018:

  • $9,933 in reported sales from the day of the show
  • 64 Montana companies showcased
  • 166 buyers from more than 55 companies
    • Hotels & resorts
    • Restaurants & bars
    • Gift shops
    • Catering services
    • Distributors & wholesalers
    • Grocery stores & markets

Interested in being a 2019 Vendor? Click here for online Vendor Registration.

Wondering if this show is for you? Click here for the 2018 Vendor List.

If you have any questions about the show, please contact Marketing Officer Marty Earnheart at (406) 444-2402, MEarnheart@mt.gov.

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

For full details on how to apply in Montana, and to start an application, visit our Organic Certification Cost Share page, or email agrorganic@mt.gov.

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Electronic Forms and Applications Available Online

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. –The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by visiting the program’s website.

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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