Value-Added Agriculture

The Montana Food & Agriculture Development Center Network (FADC) is a statewide technical assistance group that provides assistance to Montana's agricultural producers. Located in Havre, Ronan, Joliet, and Butte, these four rural 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. 

What is Value Added?
Value added is the process and 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
Each center within the Food & Agriculture Development Center Network focuses on a specific area of expertise, creating a wide variety of services and information channels for our clients. Services provided to FADC clients include:

  • 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. 

Wyatt Anderson

Director of Food and Agriculture Development

Email Michael
406.265.9226 ext. 32


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