Montana’s Certified Organic Operations: Turning the Big Sky State Green

Montana is known for producing high quality, high protein wheat, so it comes as no surprise that it has the most organic acres dedicated to growing wheat.  Montana is also one of the top three organic pulse producing states. But it may be surprising to learn the diversity of certified organic operations located in Montana. Montana has over 300 producers, handlers, processors, suppliers, and retailers located from Plentywood to Ekalaka, Dillon to Thompson Falls, and everywhere in between.

In addition to organic grass-fed beef, you'll also find pork, lamb, goats, and poultry along with breeding stock, milk, wool, and eggs. When it comes to horticulture, there is a cornucopia of vegetables, berries, grapes, apples, cherries, herbs, mushrooms, and more that can be found across the state. There is a tremendous interest in growing hemp in Montana with more than a dozen certified organic operations now licensed to grow the versatile crop.

In addition to agricultural products, Montana's certified operations include handlers and processors. Montana is fortunate to be home to reputable flour mills supplying organic whole grain and white flours from an array of grains including wheat, spelt, KAMUT(R) wheat, and rye and other healthy products like oats, corn, flax, and safflower. You can relax and enjoy a cup of certified organic coffee with beans that were roasted locally, as well as having a cup of organic tea, a glass of wine, or a local brew. To round out your organic pantry, you can find Montana-grown and processed organic snacks and oil along with organic soap and other personal care items. Visit MOA's Business Directory to support MOA members and find retailers in your community.

Visit the USDA Integrity Database to find out more about Montana-grown and produced organic products.

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