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Welcome to Bear Paw Development

Bear Paw Development has served since 1969 as a federally recognized and funded Economic Development District by the US Economic Development Administration. Being involved in a variety of projects, Bear Paw assists communities and businesses in the following departments: community planning, business lending, value-added agriculture, community development, and small business counseling. Over the past five years, Bear Paw has coordinated the investment of more than $53.4 million in public and private funds to enhance our economy, create jobs and make our communities more sustainable.  

Planning for On-Farm Success Weekly Workshop Series

With opportunities in value added, direct marketing, and new crops and technologies, there has never been a better time to start a farm business in Montana.

This winter, Community Food & Agriculture Coalition and Bear Paw Food Development Center are partnering to offer the Planning for On-Farm Success weekly workshop series. You have the skills to produce high value products. Now you can learn how to manage the profitable business that turns your passion into a career.  The seven workshops are:


  • Jan 15: Farm Strategic Planning

  • Jan 22:  Researching Your Market

  • Jan 29: Farm Marketing & Promotion

  • Feb 5: Managing Your Financials

  • Feb 12: Financial Decision-Making

  • Feb 19: Financing Your Farm

  • Feb 26: Managing Farm Risks



Each workshop includes expert presenters as well as local networking and Q&A with experienced producers, ag service providers and local lenders. All of these experts will help you work on your plan.


To register and learn more about topics and presenters, visit

or contact Michael Peter at or 406-265-9226 ext. 32.

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