Producers, Business Owners and Eaters – Let Your Voices Be Heard!

Are you a person who has been impacted by Montana’s current food regulations? Do you have questions about the policies or wish the laws were more in line with what you are trying to achieve? Now is your opportunity to speak up!

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Thanks to a bill passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Livestock and reviewing and streamlining food regulations in the state – from what kinds of food can be sold at farmers markets and other venues, to licensing requirements, to the standards for processing facilities. They need to hear from you!

Have you navigated (or tried to navigate) the current rules relating to producing, processing, selling or serving food? Do you have a story to tell about your experience, or better yet, a suggestion for how the process could be improved? If so, the Departments want to hear from you — your real life stories and ideas are essential to this process!

Your voice and perspective are needed to explain if and how the current rules should change to make it easier for Montana – produced food to flourish.

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Attend a Public Hearing!

The Departments will be holding public hearings in Missoula, Bozeman, and Billings over the next few weeks. Please consider attending one of these meetings and make sure your voice is heard!

Missoula Public Meeting – Thursday, January 9th, from 10 am until 2 pm         University of Montana campus, Room 204 – Continuing Education Building

Bozeman Public Meeting  – Monday, January 13th, from 10 am until 2 pm       Bozeman Public Library Large Meeting Room, 626 E. Main St.

Billings Public Meeting – Tuesday, January 21st, from 10 am until 2 pm       Yellowstone County Courthouse Room 105, 217 N. 27th St.

Written comments will also be accepted through February 7th, 2014 and should be sent to Cort Jensen at cojensen@mt.gov. Please review the Press Release or the detailed bill for more information.

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