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Montana Value-Added Agriculture

Montana Value-Added Agriculture

The Montana Department of Agriculture is keenly focused on expanding value-added agriculture opportunities to allow producers to capture more of the value they create. The following are Montana ag businesses and organizations from across the state that are modeling innovative practices and adding value to Montana agriculture.

41 Grains
Circle, MT

https://41grains.com/

41 Grains owners Kacie and Rex Sikveland mill and process chickpeas grown on their family farm in Circle, MT into a variety of value-added, naturally gluten-free products packed with protein and nutrition. This multi-generational family farm business is successfully modeling how value can be added to raw ag commodities, like chickpeas, through processing and promotion.


Ag Processing Solutions
Great Falls, MT

https://www.agprocessingsolutions.com/

A Growth Through Agriculture grant recipient, Ag Processing Solutions aims to add value to raw Montana commodities such as hemp through innovative and customizable processing techniques.


Becky's Berries
Absarokee, MT

https://beckysberries.com/

Becky Stahl began selling her small batches of handcrafted jellies at the local farmers market. With help from a Growth Through Ag grant and support from Joel Bertolino at the Beartooth Food & Ag Development Center in Joliet, she is now operating a certified processing facility that ships an assortment of specialty products including pepper jellies and barbecue sauce across the nation.


Big Mountain Ciderworks
Kalispell, MT

https://www.bigmountaincider.com/


With their orchard situated right outside the ciderhouse, Big Mountain Ciderworks’ vertically-integrated and hyper-local business model crafts hard ciders from Montana-grown apples and pears. The DeSmul family incorporates other local products on their menu whenever possible and took home the Governor’s Choice Award at the first annual Montana Beverage Show in 2021.


Big Sky Hops
Big Fork, MT

http://www.bigskyorchards.com/hop-varieties

The Jones family’s Ramsfield Hop Yard grows over six different varieties of hops that are processed and oftentimes pelletized on-site before being crafted into value-added Montana craft beers. Big Sky Orchards received a grant through the Growth Through Agriculture program in 2020 to expand their hops processing capacity which allowed the local business to offer pelletized hops year-round.


Blue Creek Marbled Meats
Billings, MT

To increase meat processing capacity and expand value-added ag opportunities in Montana, the state recently awarded Blue Creek Marbled Meat Company a $300,00 ARPA Value-Added Infrastructure Grant to build a new, state-of-the art meat slaughter facility.


Farm to Market Pork
Kalispell, MT

https://www.farmtomarketpork.com/

Farm to Market Pork & Beef’s on-farm butcher shop owned and operated by Duane and Janette Braaten provides a variety of artisan Montana meat products, including everything from hickory smoked pork products to artisan beef cuts. The business expanded to serve more local consumers in response to supply chain disruptions brought on by COVID-19 with help from a Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant awarded by the MT Dept. of Agriculture.


Gallatin Valley Malt
Manhattan, MT

https://www.gallatinvalleymalt.com/

Gallatin Valley Malt (GVM) is a vertically integrated, multi-generational family and farmer owned operation adding value to their high-quality barley by producing specialty single-sourced malt for craft breweries. GVM’s flagship Gallatin Pale earned a silver medal at the 2022 Craft Maltsters Guild Convention this year!


Grains of Montana
Billings, MT

https://grainsofmontana.com/

Grains of Montana breads and pastries begin with quality Red Hard Spring Wheat grown at Nielsen Farms in Nashua, Montana. The commercial bakery provides a wide variety of quality goods for numerous loyal accounts including Montana Five Guys which source their fresh-baked burger buns.


Hamilton Packing Co.
Hamilton, MT

https://www.hpqualitymeats.com/

Hamilton Packing Company adds value to Montana-raised beef, pork, and lamb through their custom slaughter and butcher processes. Owner Jason Schlange is building community resilience by increasing efficiencies and expanding their signature product

Hollenbeck Ranch / High Five Meats
Molt, MT

https://www.highfivemeats.com/

The Hollenbecks employ innovative marketing to capture more of the value they create for their Montana-raised lamb and beef. Sara and Henry Hollenbeck have identified unique, value-added markets for their live lamb and wool. Plus, they are strengthening local supply chains as co-founders and contributors of the Yellowstone Valley Food Hub and Cowboy meat Company.


Kalispell Kreamery
Kalispell, MT

https://www.kalispellkreamery.com/

Sourcing farm fresh milk from Hedstrom Dairy located next door, Kalispell Kreamery owners Mary and Jared Tuck embody their belief that knowing your farmer means knowing your food. Kalispell Kreamery produces a wide variety of value-added Montana dairy products, including cream-on-top milk and creamer, Greek yogurt, and ice cream.


Lower Valley Processing Co.
Kalispell, MT

https://www.lowervalleyprocessing.com/

The Plummer family’s meat processing business provides value-added, customized cuts of Montana meats directly to consumers. With help from a MT Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant, Lower Valley Processing scaled up operations in 2020 to meet increased demand, bolster food security, and inspire community resilience.


Midland Bull Test
Columbus, MT

https://www.midlandbulltest.com/

With over 50 years of performance testing under their belts, Midland Bull Test remains a family operation dedicated to adding value to the beef cattle industry. Steve and Amy Williams utilize feed efficiency measurements and data to position Montana producers for success.


Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center

https://missionwestcdp.org/mission-mountain-food-enterprise-center/

A designated Montana Food & Ag Development Center, the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center facilitates value-added agriculture by assisting food and agriculture businesses with expansions, product developments, and innovations. MMFEC Director Jan Tusick has been instrumental in establishing a certified shared-use food processing and manufacturing facility to allow Montana producers and entrepreneurs develop markets and achieve their goals.


Molson Coors
Power, MT

https://www.molsoncoors.com/about

Molson Coors sources more than one-third of its barley from Montana. 2021 marked the 75 th anniversary of its barley program which has provided multiple generations of Montana farmers with reliable contracts for their high-quality malting barley.


MSU Food Product Development Lab
Bozeman, MT

https://www.montana.edu/foodprodevlab/

The Food Product Development Lab at MSU works together with Montana agricultural producers and businesses to develop food products utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as extrusion to add value to Montana crops. Recent product developments include chickpea puffs, lentil muffins, and cold-hardy berry smoothies.

Montana Craft Malt
Butte, MT

https://montanacraftmalt.com/

Montana Craft Malt is strategically positioned at the intersection of two interstate highways and a railway spur to ensure the strength of their supply chain from Montana producers to consumers. The state-of-the-art facility produces 10,000 tonnes of malt annually using Montana-grown barley to be used in craft beers and spirits , adding value to ag supply chains.


Pasta Montana
Great Falls, MT

http://www.pastamontana.com/

Pasta Montana’s manufacturing facility combines Montana-grown durum wheat that has been custom-milled into semolina by General Mills located next door, pure mountain water, and old-world craftsmanship to produce over 70 kinds of world-class dry pasta . Value-added Pasta Montana products are enjoyed by customers across the nation and throughout the world.


Ranch House Meat & Sausage Co.
Billings, MT

https://ranchhousemeat.com/

Ranch House Meat & Sausage Co. support local Montana ranching families by processing quality grass-fed beef into a wide variety of artisan value-added products. Building on their successes, owners Shane and Tanya Flowers recently expanded their operations to include custom butchering at Pure Montana Meats in Miles City, MT with help from grants awarded through MT Dept. of Agriculture.


School House Meats
Missoula, MT

https://www.facebook.com/School-House-Meats-112714833495486

Students at the Missoula County Public Schools Agriculture Education Center are taking the opportunity to see livestock through a full food cycle – from conception to consumption. Ag Education Teacher Tom Andres founded the meat processing facility incorporating state-of-the-art processing equipment to model butchering techniques and demonstrate how local processing allows producers to capture more value.


Smoot Honey
Power, MT

https://smoothoney.com/

Established in 1964, Smooth Honey is a multi-generational family business producing and packaging 100% natural Montana honey sourced primarily from yellow sweet clover and alfalfa located along the Rocky Mountain Front. Many local Montana businesses add value to their products by including Smoot Honey as an ingredient in everything from breads to meats, beers and body care products.


Swanky Roots
Billings, MT

https://www.swankyroots.com/

Swanky Roots Owners Veronnaka Evenson and Ronna Klamert provide fresh produce to Billings and its surrounding areas using their water efficient aquaponics greenhouse operation. This closed-loop system allows them to produce a wide variety of nutritious leafy greens, herbs, and edible flowers year-round.


White Raven Winery
Columbia Falls, MT

https://whiteravenwinery.com/

White Raven Winery is one of several wineries making up the Winery Association of Montana that crushes, ferments, packages and markets wine made with Montana-grown grapes, also referred to as Totally Montanan wines. Located outside Columbia Falls, White Raven’s vineyard grows Vitus riparia varietals known for their cold hardiness which are then crafted into value-added wines.


Willow Mountain Winery
Corvallis, MT

http://www.willowmountainwinery.com/

Winner of the Governor’s Choice Award at the 2021 Montana Beverage Show, Willow Mountain Winery sources Montana grapes for their fine wines from their own vineyard in Corvallis. Owners Roxann and Brian McGuire recognize the importance of adding value to the state economy as they continue to play a part in enhancing Montana’s vineyard and winery industry.


Yellowstone Valley Food Hub
Billings, MT

https://www.yvfoodhub.com/

Yellowstone Valley Food Hub is a grower’s cooperative consisting of over 35 Montana producers providing direct access to local, quality food. From fresh produce to Montana-raised meat, eggs, dairy, baked goods and honey, Yellowstone Valley farmers and ranchers work together to aggregate and distribute value-added agriculture goods throughout central and eastern Montana.