Serving Montana Agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky

Welcome!Christy Clark Portrait

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.

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Montana Food and Beverage Show

This show will give you a chance to showcase and provide samples of your products to buyers from distributors, restaurants, hotels, bars, retail stores, and more! This show will be open to professional buyers ONLY. We will also be hosting a chef, who will be highlighting the best of Montana in a series of dishes throughout the show!

The 2023 show will take place on October 16 , 2023 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, MT from 11:00am – 6:00pm. Set up is available on October 15 th, for those that need it.

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A rural road into the Bear Paw Mountains south of Havre, Montana - photo by Todd Klassy
MDA On the Road & Where to Catch Us

Produce Safety Western States Regional Meeting
Virtual | Oct. 3 - 4
Noxious Weed Task Force Meeting - Ronan, MT | Oct. 3
Headframe Spirits Value-Added Tour - Butte, MT | Oct. 5
Natural Resource Career Fair - Helena, MT | Oct. 5
COSDA Annual Conference - Freeport, ME | Oct. 8 - 11
USLGE Genetics Trade Mission 
Chihuahua, MX | Oct. 11 - 17
Quarterly Food Safety Coalition - Helena, MT | Oct 12
NAISMA Annual Conference - Lincoln, NE | Oct 16 - 20
MT Food & Beverage Show - Missoula, MT | Oct 16
MWCA Fall Manager Training 
Livingston, MT | Oct. 17 & 18
MWBC Board Meeting - Great Falls, MT | Oct. 23 - 24
2023 EPA Pesticide Analyst Workshop 
Madison, WI | Oct. 24 - 27
MT Farmers Union Annual Convention 
Great Falls, MT | Oct. 27 - 28
Taiwan Trade Mission - Taiwan | Oct. 27 - Nov. 3

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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COVID-19 Information

Woman working on laptop from homeMontana Department of Agriculture staff have returned to the office. All staff can be reached during normal business hours using contact information provided in our staff directory. The main office in Helena is a secure building, so appointments are encouraged, and visitors can notify our staff of their arrival by calling (406) 444-3144.

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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