Montana Department Of Agriculture Releases Hemp Marketplace

Montana hemp buyers and sellers can connect through new Hemp Marketplace

MONTANA: The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced today that the Hemp Marketplace is now available to buyers and sellers of hemp and hemp derivatives. The online portal can be accessed by visiting the department’s website.

“With hemp being a relatively new crop grown in Montana, the department recognizes that these markets are still developing,” said MDA Director Ben Thomas. “The Hemp Marketplace was developed to help facilitate connections between buyers and sellers. I’m looking forward to seeing how the marketplace will continue to advance the industry.”

The Hemp Marketplace concept originated from the same idea as the department’s Hay Hotline, only instead of hay and pasture, the online tool connects buyers and sellers of hemp and hemp derivatives. Because hemp is a regulated crop, only growers that are licensed through the Montana State Hemp Program are permitted to list hemp for sale and all listings must be comply with the 0.3% threshold for THC.

Users can enter new listings or view existing listings free of charge by visiting MDA’s main website at agr.mt.gov, then selecting “Hemp Marketplace” from the “Topics” dropdown. MDA staff are also available to help assist with listings by phone at (406) 444-2402, by email at agr@mt.gov, and by fax at (406) 444-9493.

Hemp Growers Petition Montana Department of Agriculture To Create Hemp Advisory Committee

Meetings set for Jan. 31 in Sidney, Feb. 7 in Helena

MONTANA: The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received a verified petition from 25 Montana hemp growers to create the Montana Hemp Advisory Committee. MDA will hold two listening sessions to receive input regarding the proposed checkoff committee. Meetings are scheduled for January 31st in Sidney and February 7th in Helena. Information on the meetings can be found below.

The meetings will give growers the opportunity to learn about upcoming changes to the Montana State Hemp Program due to the 2018 Farm Bill, hear about the process of establishing a commodity advisory committee, and provide input regarding a proposed assessment and method of collection. Producers present at the meetings will vote to determine whether to hold a referendum by paper ballot of all known hemp growers in the state. If that referendum passes, MDA will propose a hemp research and market development program for adoption by administrative rule.

Hemp Listening Sessions

  • January 31st, 2019 – Sidney, MT
    • 10:00 am – MonDak Heritage Center (120 3rd Ave. SE)
  • February 7th, 2019 – Helena, MT
    • 9:00 am –  Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Sanders Auditorium (111 N. Sanders)

MDA currently administers the Montana Potato Advisory Committee and the Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee along with the statutorily enabled Montana Wheat and Barley Committee and Montana Pulse Crop Committee. In total, these programs annually contribute over $8 million in checkoff funds towards research, marketing, and education.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.