Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky

Montana Department of Agriculture

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Here at the Montana Department of Agriculture, we are honored to support the state’s #1 industry. With over 30 programs ranging from market and business development to licensing and regulating services that protect agricultural producers, consumers and the environment, our website features an abundance of information. We encourage you to explore our programs and contact us if you have ideas about how to improve our department, our services, or our website.

ARPA AIG Applications - Shed in Filed - photo by Todd Klassy

MDA Requesting 2024 ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Applications

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for over $1.5 million in Round #2 federal funding available through the ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program.

The intent of the Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is to advance Montana's agricultural industry through targeted investments in value-added agriculture projects across the state.

The Montana Department of Agriculture will be releasing $1.5 million for a second round of ARPA-AIG project awards. Project activities must take place between June 1st, 2024, and December 16th, 2024.

For a complete list of guidelines and eligibility requirements, please visit or contact your regional Food and Ag Development Center (FADC).

A rural road into the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre, Montana - photo by Todd Klassy

MDA On the Road & Where to Catch Us

USLGE Argentina Inbound Trade Team
Billings, MT | July 7-12
Quinn Institute Ribbon Cutting Event
Big Sandy, MT | July 9
Pesticide Waste Disposal Event
Butte, MT | July 10
Western Triangle Ag Research Center Filed Days
Conrad, MT | July 10
Northwestern Ag Research Center Field Days
Creston, MT | July 11
WASDA Summer Conference
Park City, UT | July 14-17
Fort Lauderdale, FL | July 14-18
Post Farm Field Days
Bozeman, MT | July 17
NAAMO Annual Conference
Asheville, NC | July 21-25
Food Safety Coalition Meeting
Helena, MT/Remote | July 25
MABA Golf Tournament
Great Falls, MT | July 25
Western Cider Orchard Tour
Stevensville, MT | July 31

Cowboy and Cowgirl leading horses in sunset

Montana Counseling Access for Montana Agriculture

The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN), this partnership provides a variety of services, including individual counseling, tele-health, and medication management, at no cost to the participant.

The Counseling Access for Montana Ag (CAMA) program was created to address challenges facing those working in agriculture and ensure that farm and ranch families are receiving the support they need when experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns.

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Montana Ag by the Numbers

In a state where cattle outnumber people, agriculture is our business.
In fact, it is Montana’s number one industry and growing.

hexigon stating $5.27 billion industry

hexigon stating 27,100 farms & ranches

hexigon stating 58.1 million acres

Polygon stating #1 state in Chickpeas & Lentils