Deadline extended to November 15, 2017

Helena, Mont. – The Agriculture Development Council met last week and voted to extend the deadline for the popular Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program, from September 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. The deadline was extended to allow more time for producers to apply for funding.

 “It’s important for us to ensure the application process works for everyone, particularly producers busy during harvest,” said Amy Kellogg, Chair of the Agriculture Development Council. “Anytime we can encourage more interest and applications, we are doing our part to advance Montana’s ag industry.”

GTA program grants and loans are awarded by the Agriculture Development Council, a seven-member committee appointed by the Governor. Past projects include:

  • Stricks LLC – A grant for $49,488.44 and a loan for $100,000 for construction and equipment purchases to assist the expansion of the pulse processing facility in Chester, Montana.
  • Bear Paw Meats LLC – A grant for $50,000 to assist the expansion of the meat processing facility in Chinook, Montana.
  • Montana State University – A grant for $4,500 for costs to develop a web-based wool pool delivery software to increase the efficiency of wool pool deliveries and keeps track of pool members’ wool consignment, weight, and grade of wool.

Those interested in applying for GTA funds should visit www.gta.mt.gov and www.fundingmt.org for more information on how to apply.

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.