Montana

Montana State University Extension

MSU Extension is a statewide educational outreach network that applies unbiased, research-based university resources to practical needs identified by the people of Montana in their home communities. The Extension network connects researchers and educators on the MSU campus with a web of MSU Extension faculty located throughout the state’s 56 counties and seven reservations. Cooperating with local governments and citizens, MSU Extension agents and campus based specialists collaborate to develop educational programs and partnerships that make a positive difference in people’s daily lives. The result is a dynamic cycle of timely and relevant knowledge, resources and support to help Montanans meet new challenges, make informed decisions and take action to improve their own quality of life.

We specialize in:

  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Financial Counseling & Business Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • Montana

SARE – MT (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Montana)

The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is a competitive grants and education program operating in every state and island protectorate to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. MT SARE is in the Western SARE region.

We specialize in:

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • Montana

Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC)

WORC is a regional network of 7 grassroots community organizations that include 10,000 members and 38 local chapters. WORC helps its member groups succeed by providing training and coordinating regional issue campaigns. WORC is focusing on environmental and family farming and ranching issues.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Industrial Ag Issues

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Alternative Energy Resources Organization (AERO)

AERO is a 32 year-old grassroots organization whose members are working together to improve the quality of their lives, their communities and the environment. A Montana-based nonprofit, AERO serves the needs of the people working to promote renewable energy and conservation, sustainable agriculture and greater community self-reliance. AERO is working to build sustainable food systems through a coalition of Montana partners who want to remove the policy barriers to the processing, distribution and trade of local Montana-grown food for local and regional markets.

We specialize in:

  • Farm Energy Options

We can also help you with:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • Montana
  • National

Plains Justice

Plains Justice provides legal and policy services related to clean energy and sustainability for northern plains communities in 6 states from our office in Billings, Montana.

We specialize in:

  • Industrial Ag Issues
  • Legal Help & Mediation Services

We can also help you with:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Farm Energy Options

We work in these areas:

  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Northern Plains Resource Council

Northern Plains is committed to land stewardship, to the preservation of family farms and ranches and small businesses, and to providing the information and tools necessary to give citizens and effective voice in decisions that affect their lives. Tools include community organizing, public education, research. leader development, coalition building.

We specialize in:

We can also help you with:

  • Financial Counseling & Business Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • Montana

Montana Department of Agriculture

The Montana Dept. of Ag. is a state agency that protects consumers and producers through regulatory activities and the department promotes development of agriculture and related industries. Beginning and farmer rancher loans and value added business loans are offered by the Agricultural Development Division.

We specialize in:

  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Institutional & Wholesale Markets
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • Montana

Grow Montana

Founded in 2005, Grow Montana is a statewide food policy council promoting policies that support sustainable Montana-owned food production, processing, and distribution, and that improve all of our citizens’ access to healthy Montana foods. Grow Montana envisions a vibrant Montana-based food system that fosters healthy communities, individuals, and environments. The council’s state legislative and administrative policy agendas are informed by both the on-the-ground experiences of its broad-base of partners and allies, as well by its own, and its partner’s food systems research

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

We work in these areas:

  • Montana

Western Rural Development Center

The Western Rural Development Center is one of four regional centers funded by the USDA-CSREES to strengthen the capacity of local citizens and rural communities.

We specialize in:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Farm Energy Options

We can also help you with:

  • Crisis Assistance
  • Direct Marketing Assistance
  • Funding Opportunities for Farmers
  • Industrial Ag Issues
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers
  • Resources for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

We work in these areas:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Farm Rescue

We are a one-of-a-kind nonprofit organization that plants and harvests crops free of charge for family farmers who have suffered a major injury, illness or natural disaster. Farm Rescue provides assistance to farm families in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and eastern Montana. Farm Rescue has assisted nearly 400 farm families in crisis since 2006.

We specialize in:

  • Crisis Assistance

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota