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People and Jobs
People and JobsFarmers and ranchers make up about five percent of the total population in Montana and 17 percent hold agriculture related jobs.
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Mining
MiningMontana's mining industry is vital to the state's economy.
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Tourism Industry
Tourism IndustryTourism is one of the leading industries in the state.
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Farm Animals
Farm AnimalsAgriculture is an essential part of Montana's economy. It contributes over 2.4 billion dollars to the state annually. Of that two billion, livestock contributes about half.
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Crops
CropsAn approximate 17.5 million acres of Montana’s land is used for cropland. On this land a wide variety of crops are raised.
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Farm and Ranch Land
Farm and Ranch LandMontana has 59.7 million acres of land used for farm and ranch production.
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Timber
TimberWhat do you think of when you first hear the word ‘timber’? Do you think a burly bearded man, sawing determinedly and then triumphantly yelling “TIMBER”?
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We mean business!Agriculture and Business

Montana's largest industries are agriculture (including both crops and livestock), travel and tourism, timber, and mining. Agriculture is an essential part of Montana's economy. It contributes over two billion dollars to the state annually. Of that two billion, livestock contributes about half. 
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What's For Dinner?
Food That Comes From Montana

Flathead cherries

Montana's food products are winning the trust of consumers around the world. Montana's clean environment and its reputation for hard-working, honest people has increased its product visibility among the growing number of consumers interested in healthful and hearty foods to add to their diets.

A growing interest among producers to supply distinctive products to a specific segment of a market is emerging. Organic and gourmet foods are gaining popularity among producers and consumers alike. A commitment to provide high quality specialty products fosters the recognition among consumers that Montana-made products are the best of their kind.

A diverse climate and fertile soil helps Montana farmers and ranchers produce a wide variety of high quality food products. While beef and wheat are the two largest commodities, many other products contribute to the state’s agriculture, including cherries, sugar beets and sunflowers to name a few. (Learn more about Montana's crops >>)

Montana-made jams

Montana’s food processing industry is a major part of Montana’s agricultural sector. Processed foods are called value-added products.This means taking a raw product, like wheat, and adding value to it by making something else with it; making it worth more. For example, if wheat is worth $3.67 per bushel, we can turn that wheat into flour and make it worth $15 a bushel. If we take that flour and make it into bread, the same bushel of wheat becomes worth $111.00.

Other Montana made food products include ice cream, beer, food seasonings, baked goods and mixes, meat snacks, boxed beef and pork, candy, smoked fish, pizza crusts, pasta, safflower and canola oil, breakfast cereals, jams and sauces. People aren't the only ones eating Montana made food. Montana crops are also used to make feed for farm animals.

 

 

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