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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

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Grants up to $5,000 available

Mini-Grants Available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the current public health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure.

“We’re excited to revive our mini-grant program, and now more than ever we need to invest in our food and ag companies,” said Director Ben Thomas. “In particular, we are hoping to see applications that will strengthen and diversify local food options in communities across Montana."

Click to learn more about GTA mini-grants.

Documents to download

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download

Ventenata Added to Montana Noxious Weed List

Learn to identify ventenata in the field

Ventenata Added to Montana Noxious Weed List

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture has updated its noxious weed list to include ventenata (Ventenata dubia). The Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup recommended adding ventenata to the Priority 2A list at its meeting on March 21, 2019. The amendment was adopted on June 21st, 2019. Priority 2A weeds are common in isolated areas in the State and require eradication or containment where less abundant. Management can be prioritized by the local weed districts.

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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