Grow Montana Tracking Proposed Livestock Rule Change

Posted: January 6, 2016

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, is following proposed fee increases by the Department of Livestock (DOL) that could negatively impact small dairy producers and processors in Montana.  The department has proposed amending ARM 32.2.406 to almost double the inspection fee per 100 pounds of milk and…read the full article…


Department of Livestock Proposes New Dairy Rule

Posted: December 15, 2015

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, is following developments by the Department of Livestock that could negatively impact small dairy producers and processors in Montana.  The department has proposed amending ARM 32.2.406 to almost double the inspection fee per 100 pounds if milk and increase the minimum…read the full article…


Grow Montana, Producers Score Win with Cottage Food Rules

Posted: November 3, 2015

The ability to produce and sell cottage food in Montana became official as of October 1, when the state adopted its rules for small producers.  Cottage food refers to non-hazardous products made in home kitchens and sold directly to consumers, including items like jams, jellies, baked goods, and trail mixes.  The adopted rules recognize that…read the full article…


Public Comment Period Closes for Cottage Food Rules

Posted: September 4, 2015

At the end of July, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) published the rules it was considering adopting related to the implementation of the cottage food industry in Montana. DPHHS accepted public comments on the rules through August 27, 2015. The agency will now examine the comments and may make changes…read the full article…


Submit Your Comments on Proposed Cottage Food Rules

Posted: August 12, 2015

The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition, which is housed at and coordinated by NCAT, has been working to streamline and improve the state’s food-safety rules to make them work for Montana’s producers and food entrepreneurs. We had a big win during the 2015 Montana Legislature with passage of House Bill 478  which, among other things, allows…read the full article…


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…