Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council today announced the recipients of $447,300 in grants to agricultural businesses and organizations. A total of 20 businesses and organizations were awarded funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program.
“From hops to aquaculture, this year’s crop of grants from the Growth Through Agriculture program are a great reflection of the growing diversity of Montana’s ag industry,” said Governor Bullock. “These grants are helping producers and businesses add value, scale up, and access new markets, all while promoting and expanding Montana’s most important industry.”
Montana Craft Malt of Butte was awarded a $50,000 grant to assist with the purchase of equipment for their new grain malting innovation center. The innovation center will provide producers and value-added ag businesses with a space to research and test new end uses for malted products.
Montana Sheep Company of Fort Shaw was awarded a $8,500 grant for marketing and equipment costs for their value-added wool business. The company is using Montana wool to create a new line of high-end wool blankets.
A full list of funded projects is included with this release.
The GTA program 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. GTA funding requires the investment of at least $1 in matching funds for every $1 in grant or loan assistance received.
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.
2019 Growth Through Agriculture Program Awards
Montana Craft Malt Company – Butte
Grant for $50,000 to assist with the purchase of equipment for the new grain malting innovation center.
Montana Sheep Company – Fort Shaw
Grant for $8,500 marketing and equipment costs for the value-added wool business.
Living Root Farm – Hardin
Grant for $14,500 to assist with equipment purchases to expand vegetable farm.
Trout Culture – Virginia City
Grant for $35,000 in construction costs and trout processing equipment for the expansion of the trout ranch.
Cowboy Cricket Farms – Belgrade
Grant for $12,800 to assist with the purchase and installation of cricket processing equipment including processing, bagging, packaging, and cutting equipment.
KJ’n Ranch & Sheep Mountain Creamery – Helena
Grant for $7,000 to assist with the purchase of sheep creamery equipment to expand the sheep milk and cheese production facility.
Sunflower Bakery – Helena
Grant for $15,000 to assist with the expansion of the bakery sourcing Montana-grown ingredients.
Willow Mountain Winery – Corvallis
Grant for $50,000 to assist with the purchase of vines, infrastructure and winemaking equipment and marketing for the winery expansion.
Cream of the West - Harlowton
Grant for $10,000 to assist the purchase of a metal detector to help the company meet international third party audit requirements for new export opportunities.
Strike Farms – Bozeman
Grant for $30,000 to assist with the expansion of the vegetable farm with the purchase of vegetable production and processing equipment.
Bell Crossing Farms – Stevensville
Grant for $28,600 to purchase equipment for the creation of a regional hops processing facility in the Bitterroot Valley with the purchase of equipment.
Crooked Yard Hops – Bozeman
Grant for $13,000 to assist with the expansion of the hops farm with the purchase of a hops harvesting and processing equipment.
Native Seed Foundation – Polson
Grant for $16,500 to assist with the purchase of seed processing equipment and training costs.
Fat Robin Orchard – Polson
Grant for $17,700 to assist with the construction of a new value-added cherry processing facility.
Western Cider Company – Missoula
Grant for $25,000 for the purchase of equipment to expand the fruit cider production facility.
Meier Farm and Orchards – Dillon
Grant for $25,000 to assist with the construction and expansion costs for the saskatoon and haskap – high antioxidant berry production farm and processing facility.
Mountain Kind Farm – Somers
Grant for $35,000 to assist with the expansion and processing equipment costs for the vegetable farm and livestock operation.
Ray Holes Leather Care Products – Butte
Grant for $4,700 to assist with the marketing costs and materials to expand the use of agricultural by-products in the company’s leather care products.
Limberlost Brewing Company – Thompson Falls
Grant for $19,000 to assist with construction costs for the new brewery sourcing Montana-grown ingredients.
Rivulet Apiaries – Alberton
Grant for $30,000 to assist with marketing and the purchase of equipment and materials to expand the honey farm production and honey product manufacturing facility.