The seed program licenses seed dealers, seed labelers, and seed conditioning facilities to ensure the quality of seeds being sold in Montana.

Who Needs A Seed Dealer License?

  • Any seed dealer distributing seed in Montana
  • Any person whose name appears on the label as a seed labeler
  • Any facility that conditions seed
  • Any Montana producer selling their own production with a gross annual sales value of more than $5,000
  • Any person who sells and or labels seed that he or she produces, and has gross annual sales of $5,000.00 or more
  • Any person whose name and address appear on the label of agricultural seed sold in Montana shall obtain a seed labeler's license before doing business in Montana.
  • Any person who sells agricultural seed in Montana shall obtain a seed dealer's license from the department for each place where seed is located or sold.
  • Any person who sells and or labels seed that he or she produces, and has gross annual sales of $5,000.00 or more, shall obtain a Montana seed growers license.

Licenses are to be renewed by July 1st each year.


Annual Dealer License Fees:

  • $75.00 - Montana Seed Dealer
  • $130.00 - Non-Resident Seed Dealer
  • $75.00 - Montana or Non-Resident Labeler whose company name & address appears on the seed label
  • $75.00 - A facility (permanent or portable) that conditions seed for sale
  • $75.00 - A Montana producer selling more than $5,000 worth of seed he/she produced on his/her farm

Annual Seed Inspection fee:

  • $0.25 per $100.00 gross annual sales

Annual Seed Assessment

Seed labelers located outside Montana who sell agricultural seed in Montana shall report those sales and pay an assessment fee per $100 gross annual sales of agricultural seed. These assessments are due to the department 30 days after the licensing period ending.


Bob Ballensky
Seed and Commodity Dealer/Warehouse Program Manager
Phone (Office) : (406) 444-3950
Phone (Cell) : (208) 738-8920
E-mail : BBallensky@mt.gov

Kay Deskins
Licensing & Registration Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-0510
E-mail : KDeskins@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493 

Lori Leaf
License Examiner 1

Phone : (406) 444-3691
E-mail : Lori.Leaf@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493