AERO is a founding member of Grow Montana, a statewide coalition working toward a sustainable Montana-based food system. We have developed HB 207 – legislation to support Montana’s network of Food & Agriculture Development Centers, which provide crucial business development services to Montana’s value-added food and farm-derived renewable energy entrepreneurs. The Food & Agriculture Development Centers are filling a critical role in establishing the entrepreneurial support system necessary to actually build the food production, processing, and distribution infrastructure needed to localize Montana’s food system and support the development and use of farm-derived renewable energy.
HB 207 has been held up in the House Appropriations committee, but is expected to be acted on in the next few days. Grow Montana expects support from both this committee as well as on the House Floor. Stay tuned for more updates as this bill progresses through the legislature!