[montanafood_ag] Help improve Montana's food regulations!

Stephanie Potts stephaniep at ncat.org
Thu Jan 2 10:13:04 MST 2014



Are you a producer, business owner, or eater 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! 




Thanks to a bill passed during the 2013 legislative session, the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Livestock are 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—and they need to hear from you! 




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. 



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 making your voice heard! 



Missoula Public Meeting 
Thursday , January 9th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
University of Montana campus, Room 204 of the Continuing Education Building-attached to the southeast corner of the University Center. (It's also called the Todd 
Building.) 

Bozeman Public Meeting 
Monday , January 13th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
Bozeman Public Library Large Meeting Room, 626 E Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715 

Billings Public Meeting 
Tuesday , January 21st, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
Yellowstone County Courthouse Room 105, 217 N. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101 



Written comments will also be accepted through February 7 , 2014, and should be sent to Cort Jensen at cojensen at mt.gov . For more information, see the attached press release from the Department of Agriculture. 



To a bountiful 2014, 



Stephanie 

Stephanie Laporte Potts 
National Center for Appropriate Technology 
Grow Montana Coordinator 
stephaniep at ncat.org 
734.476.7353 

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