Montana produces more certified organic wheat than any other state, and ranks second in total organic grain production.

 

With agriculture being Montana's number one industry, and tourism closely following, it is in the best interest of the state to maintain high environmental quality standards. The Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program provides certification services and facilitates the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana. The program is a USDA certifier of organic producers and handlers under the USDA National Organic Program.

 

Organic Agriculture Resources Online

  • Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program: Provides professional, efficient and objective organic certification services to farmers, ranchers, and handlers, facilitates the growth and success of organic agriculture in Montana. It also protects consumers by monitoring and enforcing compliance with state and federal laws governing organic production, handling and product labeling.
  • Montana Organic Association (MOA): Since 2002, The Montana Organic Association has been the voice of Montana's organic community. MOA is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that provides education, information, support, assistance, promotion, and representation for organic producers, processors, handlers, retailers, consumers, researchers, agricultural service providers, and other interested parties. MOA believes that the organic movement is the best hope for keeping small family farms viable while providing clean, nutritious, and safe food to the community; helping secure our food system by supporting farm diversity; and contributing to a healthier environment which helps protect our precious wildlife and natural resources.
  • Montana Sustainable Growers' Union: The Montana Sustainable Growers' Union brings local growers and customers together to improve the sustainability of their farms and communities.
  • ATTRA, Sustainable Agriculture Program: ATTRA is a program developed and managed by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT). ATTRA services are available to farmers, ranchers, market gardeners, Extension agents, researchers, educators, farm organizations, and others involved in agriculture, especially those who are economically disadvantaged or belong to traditionally underserved communities. The majority of funding for ATTRA is through a cooperative agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Business-Cooperative Service. We are committed to providing high value information and technical assistance to farmers, ranchers, Extension agents, educators, and others involved in sustainable agriculture in the United States.
  • USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Organic Production Data by State: ERS collected data from USDA-accredited State and private certification groups to calculate the extent of certified organic farmland acreage and livestock in the United States. These are presented in tables showing the change in U.S. organic acreage and livestock numbers from 1992 to 2011.
  • Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE): SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and ag professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.
  • USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Organic Integrity Database: Find a specific certified organic farm or business, or search for an operation with specific characteristics. Listings come from USDA-Accredited Certifying Agents. Historical Annual Lists of Certified Organic Operations and monthly snapshots of the full data set are available for download on the Data History page. Only certified operations can sell, label or represent products as organic, unless exempt or excluded from certification.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Organic Farming: Organic producers, or producers transitioning to organic, can receive conservation technical assistance and can apply for all NRCS programs.
  • From Conventional to Organic Cropping: Wheat to Expect During the Transition Years from the Montana State University Extension (pdf format): Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing agricultural sectors in Montana. This Montguide reviews the definition of organic agriculture and describes some of the economic, environmental, and biological challenges that a producer could face during the transition period from conventional to organic practices.