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Governor Bullock, Agriculture Development Council Announce over $700,000 to Strengthen and Diversify Montana’s Ag Industry

Thursday, March 1, 2018/Categories: Governor's Office/Tags:

Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council today announced the recipients of $726,600 in grants and loans to agricultural businesses and organizations.

“Investing in innovative, value-added projects is vital to Montana’s agriculture industry and our rural communities,” said Governor Bullock. “These projects are a great representation of the diversity of Montana agriculture and showcase some of the ingenuity happening throughout the different sectors of Montana’s economy.”

A total of 25 businesses and organizations were awarded funds through the Growth Through Agriculture program (GTA) which was established by the legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agriculture industry by developing new agricultural products and processes. GTA grants and loans are awarded by the Agriculture Development Council, a seven-member committee appointed by the Governor.

Two projects geared towards conventional agriculture aim to help producers in the areas of

on-farm safety & storage and soil health, while another will assist in the expansion of a value-added family ranch operation.

  • Cowtown Ag Supply, LLC of Miles City was awarded a loan and a grant totaling $50,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s manufacturing line of hopper cone bottoms that can be used to make farmers’ existing grain bins safer, easier to use and better able to preserve the quality of more sensitive grains such as pea and chickpeas. The funding will also help with the creation of 10 jobs in the community.
  • Beartooth Fertilizer Inc. of Bridger was awarded a grant for $50,000 to expand the company’s natural soil improvement products that will be able to help non-productive soil become productive and provide conventional and organic-certified soil treatments. 
  • Prairie Grass Ranch of Havre was awarded a grant of $8,000 to assist in the vertical integration and marketing of the family’s grass-fed beef products.

A full list of funded projects is included with this release.

“Montana agriculture must continue to innovate and we can’t be satisfied with just being a ‘raw commodity’ state,” said Agriculture Development Council Vice-Chair, Lars Hanson. “These grants and loans add value to Montana’s agriculture industry, while also supporting our rural communities and encouraging young people to come back to the operation.”

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov.

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2018 Growth Through Agriculture Program Awards

 

Cowtown Ag Supply, LLC – Miles City

A loan and a grant totaling $50,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s manufacturing line of hopper cone bottoms that can be used to make farmers’ existing grain bins safer, easier to use and preserve the quality of more sensitive grains such as pea and chickpeas. The funding will also help with the creation of 10 jobs.  https://www.facebook.com/cowtownag

Duckworth, Inc. - Dillon and Bozeman

A loan and a grant totaling $50,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s “Sheep to Shelf” Montana wool sock line of products. http://www.duckworthco.com/

 

Go Roam Free LLC – Hot Springs

A loan and a grant totaling $75,000 to assist with the start-up and expansion of the company’s “Bison Bite” product line.  http://goroamfree.com/

Windrift Hill – Conrad

A loan and a grant totaling $50,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s goat’s milk-based soap, lotion and skin care line of products.  The funding will help with the creation of 6 jobs. http://windrifthill.com/

Big Sandy Organics, LLC – Big Sandy

A loan for $40,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s Kracklin’ Kamut product line and the creation of 10 new jobs.  https://www.kracklinkamut.com/

Kalispell Kreamery Inc. – Kalispell

A loan for $40,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s yogurt product line. http://kalispellkreamery.com/

OTRB Co. – Bozeman

A loan for $25,000 to assist with the expansion of the company’s bakery.

http://www.ontherisebread.co/

Becky's Berries – Absarokee

A grant for $25,000 to assist with the expansion of the Montana honey & berry-based product. http://www.beckysberries.com/

Ronan Cooperative Brewery – Ronan

A grant for $50,000 to assist with the start-up of Montana’s first cooperative-owned brewery. https://www.facebook.com/RonanCooperativeBrewery/

Miriam's Inspired Skin Care LLC - Missoula

A grant for $8,000 to assist with the expansion of the skin care company’s herbal-infused tallow products. https://miriamsskincare.com/

Joe Bailly – Conrad

A grant for $5,000 to assist with the product design of a more efficient irrigation system, using magnetized water. 

Rocky Mountain Agriscience – Florence

A grant for $50,000 to assist the start-up of a year-round vegetable hydroponics facility.

Philipsburg Creamery LLC – Philipsburg

A grant for $8,000 to assist with the start-up of the ice cream facility using Montana milk. https://www.facebook.com/Philipsburg-Creamery-1938259753058237/

Clay Boyce – Hops – Winifred

A grant for $8,000 to assist with the start-up of a hops yard near Lewistown, Montana.

Beartooth Fertilizer Inc – Bridger

A grant for $50,000 to expand the company’s natural soil improvement products that would be able to help non-productive soil become productive and provide conventional and organic-certified soil treatments.  http://www.btfertilizer.com/

Bridger Malt House LLC – Bozeman

A grant for $25,000 to assist with the start-up of the craft malting facility in Bozeman that will make specialized malt for Montana breweries. https://bridgermalthouse.com/

Montana Fruit and Cider Company LLC – Boulder

A grant for $50,000 to assist with the start up of a mobile fruit processing facility that will be available to Montana apple and pear producers to press fruit into cider. 

Cowboy Cricket Farms LLC – Belgrade

A grant for $8,600 to assist the expansion of the cricket food manufacturing company that manufactures the Chocolate “Chirp” Cookie. https://cowboycrickets.com/

2J's Natural Foods, Inc. – Great Falls

A grant for $20,000 to assist with the development of the new 2J’s Fresh Market in the new West End development in Great Falls.  The expansion will include an emphasis on locally sourcing Grown in Montana products.  http://2jsfreshmarket.com/

House of Ferments – Hamilton

A grant for $6,000 to assist with the expansion of the Grown in Montana kombucha, kimchi and sauerkraut company. https://www.facebook.com/fermentology

Apple Bar Enterprises – Helena

A grant for $16,000 for the cold-hardy fruit company to grow haskaps.

Info on Haskaps: http://agresearch.montana.edu/warc/warc_research/WARC_haskaps.html

Farver Farms – Scobey

A grant for $20,000 to expand the Farm to Fork wheat and lentil-based company including a lentil-brownie product.  http://www.farverfarms.com/

Blue Ridge Brewing – Malta

A grant for $25,000 to assist with the start-up of the brewery in Malta. http://www.blueridgebrewing.com/

High Horizon Gardens and Tomato 1, 2, 3, LLC – Havre

A grant for $19,000 to start a hydroponic leafy green operation and greenhouse along with other soil based, flowering plant operations such as bedding plants.

Prairie Grass Ranch – Havre

A grant for $8,000 to assist with the expansion of the value-added family ranch operation.

https://www.facebook.com/PrairieGrassRanchMT/

 

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