Grow Montana Sets Ambitious Goals for Next Two Years

Posted: July 8, 2015

The steering committee for the Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, met in mid-June to recap recent victories and set some priorities for the future.  Among its victories over the past two years were passage of the Cottage Food law by the 2015 Montana Legislature and the Montana…read the full article…


Montana Legislature Creates Cottage Food Law, Streamlines Other Regulations

Posted: May 1, 2015

With supporters calling it “manna from heaven” and “food freedom,” the Montana Legislature recently passed legislation implementing cottage food in Montana and streamlining regulations related to mobile and temporary food vendors.  House Bill 478 creates an avenue for food entrepreneurs to test the market for their products, while also providing more consistent enforcement of food…read the full article…


Cottage Food Finding Support in Montana Legislature

Posted: March 4, 2015

With one local producer calling it a gift from heaven, the bill to establish cottage food in Montana is finding plenty of support at the Capitol in Helena. House Bill 478 culminates two years of work by the Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which wants to expand economic opportunities for home-based food businesses and entrepreneurs.


Cottage Food Bill Moving Through Montana Legislature

Posted: February 26, 2015

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, has prioritized the need for a cottage food law to truly expand economic opportunities for home-based producers. The result of Grow Montana’s efforts is House Bill 478.  The bill had a hearing before the House Agriculture Committee, and the committee approved it by…read the full article…


Cottage Food and the 2015 Montana Legislature

Posted: January 29, 2015

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, continues efforts to streamline and improve the state’s current patchwork of confusing and complicated food-safety rules.  Grow Montana is dedicated to making these rules work for Montana’s producers and food entrepreneurs. As the 2015 Montana Legislature unfolds, there will be policies discussed…read the full article…


Grow Montana Seeks Clarity, Potential “Cottage Food” Law

Posted: January 6, 2015

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, continues its efforts to streamline and improve the state’s current patchwork of confusing and complicated food-safety rules. It is dedicated to making these rules work for Montana’s producers and food entrepreneurs. Grow Montana currently is focused on helping craft a cottage…read the full article…


2013 Policy Highlights

Posted: October 9, 2014

Grow Montana’s 2013 Legislative Priorities In the 2013 legislature, Grow Montana promoted sensible and sustainable food policy, serving as the driving force behind bills to jump-start Farm to School efforts in the state and support Montana’s network of Food and Agricultural Development Centers. We also worked alongside our allies to streamline food safety regulations, open…read the full article…


2011 Policy Highlights

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Grow Montana’s 2011 Legislative Priorities Another Legal Win for Local Food Entrepreneurs! The 2011 Legislature continues to support technical assistance for Montanans who want to develop our homegrown food and energy infrastructure. Secure funding for four established Food & Agriculture Development Centers. In Montana’s 2009 Legislative Session, Grow Montana led the effort to establish the…read the full article…


2009 Policy Highlights

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Grow Montana’s 2009 Legislative Priorities A Bill to Support Six Established Montana Food and Agricultural Development Centers (HB 583) Montanans want a safe and stable food and energy supply. We could meet that demand ourselves, but we lack critical food processing and alternative energy production infrastructure to meet the demand. Sponsored by John Fleming (D…read the full article…


2007 Policy Highlights

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Grow Montana 2007 Legislative Priorities Montana food to institutions (SB 328) Allows public institutions more flexibility to buy Montana-produced food through an optional exemption in the Montana Procurement Act. Current law requires public institutions, such as universities and K-12 schools, to buy the cheapest food possible (in contract purchases). Though not all Montana-produced food is…read the full article…