Funding Cycle Now Open for Growth Through Agriculture Program

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Helena, Mont. – Folks across Montana looking to create or expand their operation or agriculture business now have the opportunity to access state grant dollars, as the 2019 funding cycle for the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program is open.

“Our Growth Through Agriculture program has provided Montana’s producers and small-business owners with vital funding to help create jobs in their communities and add value to our state’s ag products,” said Department of Agriculture Director, Ben Thomas. “With our ag industry becoming increasingly diverse, we are looking forward to seeing this next round of applications.”

Past recipients of Growth Through Agriculture grants and loans include:

  • Farver Farms of Scobey received a grant to expand their product line of wheat and lentil soup, salad and brownie mixes.
  • Duckworth Inc of Dillon and Bozeman received a grant to assist with the expansion of the company’s “Sheep to Shelf” Montana wool sock line.
  • Stricks Ag of Chester received a grant to expand their pulse processing facility.

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.

Those interested in applying for GTA funds should visit www.gta.mt.gov and www.fundingmt.org for more information on how to apply.​ The deadline for application is November 1, 2019.


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