Value Added Resources

This page contains alternative crop and livestock marketing resources for Montana farmers and ranchers.  Whether it is marketing your peas and lentils, finding an alternative source of income for your farm or ranch, or joining a local natural beef cooperative, this page is a resource that can be helpful to you. 

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Livestock Resources

How to Direct Market Your Beef
Learn how one couple used their family's ranch to launch a profitable, grass-based beef operation focused on direct market sales.  Excellent list of resources on pages 88-90.  Published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network, copyright 2005.  To order a hard copy, call the Sustainable Agriculture Network at (301) 374-9696.

Montana Natural Beef, LLC
405 Main Street
Ronan, Montana 59864
Office: (406) 676-4146
Fax: (406) 676-4346

Montana Range LLC
PO Box 3094
Billings, MT 59103
(406) 252-2530 main
or 1-888-251-1847
(406) 252-2145 fax

Montana Legend Natural Angus Beef
115 South Broadway Suite #1
PO Box 209,
Red Lodge, MT 59068
Phone: (406) 446-4000
Fax: (406) 446-4222

Meyer Natural Angus
A Montana based company!
5285 McWhinney Blvd.
Suite 130
Loveland, CO 80538


Crop Resources

Crops bought by these companies include: peas, lentils, chickpeas, flax, mustard, canola, safflower, organic crops, dry beans, and small grains.  One will have to visit with the companies to find out which crops they are purchasing. This list can be used as a starting point to forward marketing your commodities.

AgriCore United
Joe Bloms
Box 254
Ray, ND 58849
(701) 568-3315

Premier Pulses International Inc.
Greg Johnson
#1 27th St NW
Minot, ND 58703
Legume Logic - Dick Roland
P.O. Box 317
Crosby, ND 58730

Dakota Dry Bean Inc - David Polries
Box 5874
Grand Forks, ND 58206

West Dakota Feed & Seed - Kevin Kvamme
Box 33
Ross, ND 58776
701-755-3207, 1-800-334-3833

Superior Grains - Les Knudson
11225 108th St NW
Crosby, ND 58730
Missouri River Ag Processing
Les Knudson
22nd Ave E, Industrial Park
Williston, ND 58802

James Richardson International, Inc. (JRI)
David Mack
1524 S Broadway
Minot, ND 58701
701-837-4875, 1-800-201-9411

Stone Mill Inc - Ambrose Hoff
3754 Highway 8
Richardton, ND 58652
Paulson Seed - Les Paulson
P.O. Box 723, 1m East of town
Bowman, ND 58623

Minn-Dak Growers LTD
P.O. Box 13276
Grand Forks, ND 58208
Dan Lovas, Grand Forks: 701-746-7453
Paul Belzer, Dickinson: 701-483-4528

Pulse USA
Jamie Schurhamer
Bismarck, ND 58503-0585
(701) 530-0734
SB&B Food Inc
Scott Sinner
P.O. Box 549
Casselton, ND 58102
(701) 347-4900

Technology Int'l Crops
Don Bricker
645 12.5 Ave E
West Fargo, ND 58078
(701) 281-6186
Specialty Exports/MonDak Seed and Grain
John Brown
East Fairview, ND 59221
Montana Specialty Mills
3rd Ave NW
Great Falls, MT 59404

Charlie Cahill Seeds
Scobey, MT
McIntosh Seeds - Brad Ruhkamp
Box 1028
Harve, MT 59501

Golden Harvest Seeds - Roger Terry
Big Sandy, MT
Saco Dehy Inc
Hwy 2 W
Saco, MT
406-527-3470, 800-595-3349

Treasure State Seed
Fairfield, MT
406-467-2551, or 1-800-572-Grow

Golden Triangle Seed
Rudyard, MT
Timeless Seed - 406-271-5770
120 4th Ave SE
Conrad, MT

Columbia Grain Int. - Leta Campbell
Hwy 2 West, Box 338
Chinook, MT 59523
AgriCore - Dave MacFarlane
2802 5th Ave N
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1H0P1
1-888-442-8398, 403-382-3412
Demeter Agro - Rod Shockey
2802 5th Ave N
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada T1J3Y5
1-800-661-1450, 403-329-4111

Southland Pulse - Jeff Watson
Hwy. 39 W, Box 879
Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada S4A 2A7
1-866-877-8573, 306-634-8008

Smith Seeds - Ron Smith
Box 40
Limerick, Saskatchewan Canada S0H 2P0
Delorme Seeds - Gerald Delorme
Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada
Finora Seeds - Greg Dyck
Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, Canada

Annand Agro Services - Glenn Annand
Mossbank, Saskatchewan, Canada
Hillcrest Enterprises - Bernie Wiebe
Coronach, Saskatchewan, Canada

Global Pulse Processors - Steve Wiens
201 18th St. SE, Box 1859
Swift Current, Sask. S9H 4M6
2 places in Vanguard, Canada - Tim Williams
Montola Growers
Neil Turnbull
Hwy 2 E, P.O. Box 478
Culbertson, Mt 59218
406-787- 6616

Pasta Montana Durum Contracting
Contact Brett Wilson at Schulz Grain
(406) 727-3855
Kamut Association
See Below!

IMC Malting Corp.
Barley Contracting
Mark Black

Yellowstone Bean Co.
Bridger, Montana

Saskatchewan Marketing Information: 2006 Saskatchewan Special Crop Marketing Company Synopsis

Grow Kamut!
Kamut grain is only grown under contract and only grown organically. It grows best in areas where durum grows well. That being said, we are always looking for new Kamut growers, especially with the growth in Kamut products and manufacturers.

André Giles
Montana Flour & Grains
PO Box 517
Fort Benton, MT 59442

For Information on Kamut go to // or contact the Debby Quinn Blyth at the Kamut Association, at 1-406-378-3105 or


Farm / Ranch Resources

The Golden Rules of Value-Added Agriculture
This article by Dr. David Kohl, Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech University, discusses many simple rules to make your value-added operation successful.  Reprinted with permission from Northwest Farm Credit Services' Winter 2007 Yields publication.

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center - The Ag Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. AgMRC offers producers the ability to: investigate value-added commodities or niches, gather information on creating a business, research general market and industry trends, locate resources in a directory, and use AgMRC developed tools.

Montana Agriculture Innovation Center
The Montana Agriculture Innovation Center is a collaborative effort between Montana State University and five regional economic development centers to assist agricultural producers in developing value-added business enterprises. The program is funded by a federal grant through USDA Rural Development. Program coordinators provide technical assistance to producers with start up or existing value added businesses in the form of business and marketing assistance. Interested producers should contact the nearest regional coordinator to request assistance.

Regional Centers

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation
Nicole Descheemaeker, Regional Coordinator
613 NE Main
Lewistown, MT 59457
(406) 538-2591 or (406) 366-3133

Lake County Community Development Corporation
Jan Tusick, Agriculture Enterprise and Cooperative Development Specialist
P.O. Box 128
Ronan, MT 59864
(406) 676-0676

Great Northern Development Corporation
Shauna Ferguson-Farver, Regional Coordinator
233 Cascade St.
Wolf Point, MT 59201
(406) 653-2590 or (406) 783-8064

Bear Paw Development Corporation
Brandi Beecher, Regional Coordinator
P.O. Box 170
Havre, MT 59501
(406) 265-9226

Beartooth RC&D
Charles Holt, Regional Coordinator
P.O. Box 180
Joliet, MT 59041
(406) 962-9062 or (406) 861-6395

Statewide Contacts

Ralph Peck, Executive Director
(406) 459-6419

Perri Walborn, Associate Director
P.O. Box 1103
Columbus, MT 59019
(406) 322-9876 or (406) 298-0036