Articles, facts & infographics about Montana Agriculture | Farm Flavor
Home Montana Agriculture

Montana Agriculture

Montana Agriculture

A visit to Montana is a visit to the true American West, where vast skies, fresh, crisp air and crystal clear water welcome you. There’s no shortage of nature in its purest form, as the Big Sky State is home to Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as well as Triple Divide Peak, where water flows freely into three separate oceans.

The abundance of natural resources creates an extremely fertile environment for Montana’s largest industry – agriculture. The state boasts almost 28,000 farms and ranches spread across 59.7 million acres. They are exceptionally large, averaging 2,134 acres each. Producing a wide range of commodities, wheat and beef top Montana’s list. However, you’ll also find sweet cherries, sugar beets, seed potatoes and hay, to name a few. Montana is a national leader in the production of certified organic wheat, dry peas, lentils and flax, and ranks No. 2 in the U.S. for its honey and pollination industry. Altogether, the Big Sky State’s agriculture industry brings an average of $5.2 billion to the economy annually.

These 7 Made in Montana Products Make Great Gifts

The Made in Montana program promotes local makers and their products.

Montana Sugar Beets Are a Sweet Success for Growers

Montana sugar beets are sold as an alternative to sugarcane and bring great success to local growers.

Montana Agriculture by the Numbers

Farms

28,008

Farmers Markets

67

Economic Impact

$4.2B

yr.
Source: NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service), USDA

Recent Articles

Mental Health Resources for Farmers

Darla Tyler-McSherry has fond memories of watching her dad, Dick Tyler, grow wheat and barley on the 1,200-acre farm near Big Sandy where she...

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Helps Montana Ag Thrive

The specialty crop block grant program gives specialty crops a boost from USDA.

Other Articles

How Montana State University is Going From Farm to Dining Hall

Campus dining goes local at Montana State University.

Why Trade Relationships Are Critical to Montana Agriculture

Many of Montana's agricultural commodities are shipped worldwide.

How Fourth-Generation Farmers Expanded by Thinking Outside the Box

Farver Farms diversifies its operation with dry mixes.

Montana’s Top 10 Agricultural Products

A glimpse at Montana's leading agricultural products.

Grown In Montana 2018

A guide to the state's top crops, livestock, agribusiness, tourism, food safety and local products, Grown in Montana is published in partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Produce Growers Adjust to Change with Food Safety Modernization Act

Montana Department of Agriculture helps growers navigate Food Safety Modernization Act with training sessions.

Popular Posts

Meatball, Potato and Collard Soup

Meatball, Potato and Collard Soup

Similar to minestrone, this stew swaps potatoes for the pasta and throws in some collards for a hearty blend.

Send this to a friend