Food and Ag Development Center

The Montana Food & Agriculture Development Center Network (FADC) is a statewide technical assistance network that provides help to Montana's farmers and ranchers and agricultural entrepreneurs.  Located  throughout Montana, these centers support economic development by encouraging the development of Montana's agricultural resources to ensure that more of Montana's food, agricultural and alternative energy dollars circulate in Montana. The centers focus on adding value to our existing resources within Montana, keeping more of our agricultural products within the state by processing them locally, and exponentially increasing the value of our products before they leave Montana. 

The FADC Network is a Value Added Program
What is Value Added?
The FADC Network is a value added program. Value added is the process development of a differentiated, high value, consumer oriented product and in the content of the FADC program based upon a Montana produced or harvested agricultural raw goods, including farm-derived renewable energy. Value added agricultural products create additional avenues to compete nationally and at margins that help ensure profitability.

Services Provided
The Centers support economic development by ensuring that more of the state's food, agricultural and energy dollars circulate in Montana. The Network provides training, coaching and technical assistance, including:

  • Product development, testing and analysis
  • Business planning and development
  • Regulatory Compliance Training
  • Food processing
  • Renewable Energy Development
  • Market research
  • Business networking
  • Cooperative development
  • Education on industry dynamics and technologies
  • Funding package preparation

To schedule a counseling session, please call Bear Paw Food and Agriculture Development Center at (406) 265-9226, or contact us.

Helpful Links
Montana Food & Agriculture Centers
Montana Cooperative Development Center

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions. 

Josh Gomez

Director of Food and Agriculture Development

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