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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

Proposals Sought for MT Potato Research & Market Development Program

Proposals due October 28, 2020

Proposals Sought for MT Potato Research & Market Development Program

The Montana Potato Advisory Committee is seeking proposals for the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program. Proposals should relate to demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for the Montana potato industry.

Visit https://funding.mt.gov/index.do to apply. All applications must be submitted through the Montana Webgrants system by October 28, 2020. Questions on applications should be directed to the Montana Potato Research & Market Development Program, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201 or by contacting Dani Jones at (406) 444-2402 or via email at Danielle.Jones@mt.gov.

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

Expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Begins Sept. 21

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is implementing the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP) for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for CFAP 2 will begin September 21 and run through December 11, 2020.

Producers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). Customers seeking one-on-one support with the CFAP 2 application process can call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. This is a recommended first step before a producer engages with the team at the FSA county office.

A complete list of eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap.

 

FDA Investigates Outbreak of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)

Do not eat, sell, or serve onions from Thomson International, Inc.

FDA Investigates Outbreak of Salmonella Newport: Red Onions (July 2020)

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Newport infections. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified Thomson International, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA as a likely source of potentially contaminated red onions. Although the investigation has determined that red onions are the likely source of this outbreak, Thomson International, Inc. has notified FDA that it will be recalling all varieties of onions that could have come in contact with potentially contaminated red onions, due to the risk of cross-contamination. This recall would include red, white, yellow, and sweet onions from Thomson International, Inc. Recall information will be made public as soon as it is available from Thomson International, Inc.

Click to learn more and see recommendations.

Click to view map of reported cases.

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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