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:

  • Research, Technical Assistance, & Education
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Crisis Assistance
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Financial & Business Planning
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support

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

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

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

Quivira Coalition

“The Quivira Coalition builds soil, biodiversity, and resilience on western working landscapes. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration.

Our Land and Water program helps ranchers develop plans and management strategies for restoring and building resilience on slope wetlands, grasslands, and other working landscapes.
Our New Agrarian program helps to ensure that living and working knowledge of these practices, and the landscape itself, is stewarded into the future.
Our Education program, including our annual conference and open source publications, creates a space for our coalition to share ideas and resources, and for the general public to learn about the critical role working lands play in the health of our food systems, communities, and our planet.
Our Carbon Ranch Initiative is working to build the capacity of producers, land managers, and technical service providers to implement land management practices focused on mitigation of and adaptation to climate change.
At the foundation of all our work is the concept that well managed working rangelands and forests are two of the most effective, efficient, and immediately viable paths to remedy the devastating impacts of climate change.”

We specialize in:

  • Conservation Programs
  • Organic/Sustainable/Regenerative Transition & Support
  • Resources for Beginning Farmers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

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

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

““ATNI, as a nonprofit organization, has its structure built around programming of technical assistance, training, information sharing, and providing appropriate platforms to develop strategically policy that serves our member tribes and leadership.” Programs areas include Climate Change, Energy and Natural Resources.

We specialize in:

  • Activism & Organizing
  • Conservation Programs
  • Farm Energy Options
  • Resources for Tribal Farmers & Ranchers

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Northwest Regional Telehealth Resource Center

“NRTRC provides technical assistance, program support, education and information to Telehealth Networks in our seven-state region. Our staff members have strong backgrounds in multiple aspects of Telehealth and access to a wide range of Telehealth experts throughout the United States. Our primary mission is to increase the use of Telehealth service throughout the region, especially to underserved populations. To achieve that goal, we provide no-cost assistance to Telehealth providers. As one of 14 Telehealth Resource Centers in the United States, NRTRC has access to leaders in the industry on a wide range of topics and can help your program grow.”

We specialize in:

  • Farm Stress
  • Resources for BIPOC Farmers
  • Resources for Farmers with Disabilities
  • Resources for Farmworkers / Migrant Workers
  • Resources for LGBTQIA Farmers
  • Resources for Tribal Farmers & Ranchers
  • Resources for Veteran Farmers
  • Resources for Women Farmers
  • Substance Use Support

We can also help you with:

We work in these areas:

  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming