Over $1 million in coronavirus relief funds awarded through Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program

Friday, June 26, 2020

HELENA – Over $1 million in funding was awarded through the Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP), to provide relief to small- and medium-sized food and agriculture businesses in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"Agriculture drives our economy in Montana, and the COVID-19 crisis has shed new light on the importance of our local food systems," said Gov. Steve Bullock. "The adaptability grants directly support producers and value-added food and ag businesses affected by the pandemic. From Missoula, to Two Dot, to Scobey, Montanans across the state are finding innovative ways to strengthen and expand our access to local foods at a time when we need it most."

Funding for the MTAAP totals just over $1 million, with a maximum award of $10,000, and is derived from the federal relief dollars made available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Over 100 businesses received funding. Successful applicants showed how financial assistance would make an immediate impact to their operation in adapting to COVID-19. Projects aimed to increase community resilience to pandemics and other economic disruptions, while also bolstering food security. In many cases, businesses are pivoting their plans to accommodate local markets through new equipment, storage, and certifications to provide direct sales to consumers.

A full list of funded projects is available with this release and will be posted to the department’s website soon.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the Montana Department of Agriculture, visit agr.mt.gov. 

Montana Agriculture Adaptability Program (MTAAP) Recipients:

• A Land of Grass – $9,960, Conrad

• Ag Processing Solutions – $10,000, Great Falls

• Allen’s Meat Processing – $10,000, Augusta

• Amaltheia Organic Dairy - $10,000, Belgrade

• American Harvest – $10,000, Sidney

• Amsterdam Meat Shop – $10,000, Belgrade 

• Bad Betty’s Barbeque – $10,000, Helena

• Baltrusch Angus Ranch – $6,750, Havre

• Bar TZ Land & Livestock – $10,000, Acton

• BarbedWire Land - $4,890, Polson

• Becky’s Berries – $9,000, Absarokee

• Big Mountain Ciderworks – $10,000, Kalispell

• Billings Seafood Guys - $5,500, Billings

• Black Dog Farm – $10,000, Livingston

• Briarwood Farm – $7,367, Missoula

• Buffalo Canyon Feeders – $10,000, Buffalo

• Carlton Creek Organic - $10,000, Florence

• Cathey Cattle Company – $10,000, Polson

• Celtic Farmlands – $9,545, Stevensville

• Clark Fork Custom Meats – $10,000, Plains

• Clark Fork Organics – $7,203, Missoula

• Clear View Ag – $10,000, Denton

• Colt James Ranches – $10,000, Billings

• Conservation Grains - $10,000, Choteau

• Cooper Creek Ranch Grass Finished Beef – $10,000, Helmville

• Coulee Creek Ranch – $10,000, Lavina

• Contour Garden and Farm – $9,829, Missoula

• Crazy Woman Cattle – $10,000 – Two Dot

• Crescent Ridge Farm – $8,779, Alberton

• Dahl Ranch – $10,000, Clancy

• Delpine Farms – $10,000, Martinsdale

• Diamond H Livestock – $10,000, Charlo

• Diamond S Cattle Company – $10,000, Ryegate

• Dirt Rich Compost and Food Scrap Pick Up - $9,559, Columbia Falls

• Dry Fork Farms Tribal Corp. – $10,000, Box Elder

• EG Strand Partnership – $10,000, Colstrip

• Ehlke Herefords – $10,000, Townsend

• Faltree Farm – $10,000, Loma

• Farmented Foods – $10,000, Belgrade

• Farm-to-Market Pork – $10,000, Kalispell

• Farver Farms – $10,000, Scobey

• Felton Angus Beef – $10,000, Springdale

• Flare Pops - $8,147 – Polson

• Flatiron – $10,000, Thompson Falls

• Fleming Farm and Hog – $10,000, Big Timer & Livingston

• FMR – $10,000, Cohagen

• Full Bin Farms – $10,000, Rudyard

• G & T Farms – $10,000, Conrad

• Gallatin Valley Botanical – $10,000, Bozeman

• Garden City Harvest – $10,000, Missoula

• Gollehon Ranch – $10,000, Choteau

• Harlequin Produce – $10,000, Arlee

• Hathaway Family Ranch – $5,000, Potomac

• Heart Rock Ranch – $8,598, Stevensville

• Heritage Custom Farming – $10,000, Kalispell

• Hoot Owl Farm – $10,000, Libby

• KD Farms - $6,183, Kalispell

• Keep Cool Greens – $8,493, Lincoln

• KMC – $10,000, Columbia Falls

• KW Beef – $10,000, Sunburst

• Larry Klingaman – $10,000, Harlem

• LeVeque Ranch – $10,000, Great Falls & Cascade

• Loni Judisch Fine Art – $10,000, Ledger

• M & R Services – $10,000, Kila

• McCafferty Ranch Company – $10,000, Belt 

• Midland Bull Test – $10,000, Columbus

• Moe Ranch - $6,200, Two Dot

• Montana Co-op – $10,000, Polson

• Monte McNally – $9,122, Ovando

• Mountain Meat Shares – $10,000, Arlee

• Nelson Farms – $10,000, Homestead

• O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center – $10,000, Hamilton

• Olive Branch Pork – $10,000, Bridger

• Oswald Farms – $10,000, Joliet

• Outdoor Traditions Apiary - $10,000, Fairview

• Paradise Garden – $10,000, Paradise

• Pioneer Meats – $10,000, Big Timber

• Pleasant Valley Cattle Company – $10,000, Marion

• Pondering Geese Hospitality – $9,784, Helena

• Purple Frog Gardens – $8,450, Whitefish

• Rafter H Show Pigs – $10,000, Baker

• Rainbow Gulch Farm – $10,000, Clinton

• Ranchland Packing – $10,000, Butte

• Red Hen Farm and Orchard – $9,100, Missoula

• Reedfly Farm – $10,000, Emigrant

• Ridenour Ranch Company – $10,000, Plentywood

• River View Livestock – $10,000, Melrose

• Rockingrose Farm – $10,000, Florence

• Silvertip Craft Salami – $8,000, Butte

• Snow Country Gardens – $7,953, Whitefish & Kalispell

• Stroh Cattle – $5,582, Glendive

• Sugar Beet Row – $9,872, Whitehall

• Superior Meats - $10,000, Superior

• Swanky Roots – $10,000, Billings

• Tabletree Montana – $10,000, Polson

• Terrapin Farm – $5,945, Whitefish

• The Geyser Farm – $9,819, Livingston

• The Great Alone Cattle Company – $5,910, Two Dot

• Timeless Seeds - $9,292 – Ulm

• Tom Maltby – $10,000, Bynum

• Turner Farms – $9,990, Missoula

• Uffelman Land & Livestock – $8,875, Hardin

• We Grow – $3,432, Wolf Point

• Western Montana Growers Cooperative – $6,781, Missoula

• Wicked Good Produce – $10,000, Whitefish

• Willow Homestead – $10,000, Ennis

• Wired Wild West – $10,000, Dillon

• Yellowstone Processing – $10,000, Bozeman

• Yellowstone Valley Food Hub – $10,000, Billings