Liability Workshops for Value-Added Products

August 18, 2022 - May 13, 2023

Multiple Locations Around Montana

The Montana Local Food Choice Act (aka SB199), passed in April 2021, fundamentally changes the landscape of what can be made in a home kitchen and sold direct to consumers. Under the new law, raw milk, poultry, and numerous other processed and value-added food items, including catered meals, pickled and canned foods, and perishable baked goods, now can be offered for sale without licensing.  

While the Local Food Choice Act increases the opportunities for Montana’s value-added producers, there is potential for increased liability, as the expanded list of allowable foods includes products with potential food safety risks if not made properly. In addition, aspects of the new law are nuanced and potentially complex, and there is limited opportunity for state agencies to provide regulatory guidance or oversight. 

To bridge the knowledge gap, AERO and partner organizations are offering the following workshops throughout 2022 and 2023 to increase value-added producers’ understanding of current Montana legislation regarding food licensing, registration and inspection (including new changes under the Local Food Choice Act), so they can maximize the opportunity it presents, while minimizing production and legal liability.

All events will be offered free-of-charge. 

Register for the workshop of your choice using the links below.


VALUE-ADDED PRODUCT SALES UNDER THE LOCAL FOOD CHOICE ACT: Implementing Appropriate Liability Risk Management Practices  

We are offering workshops across the state to present the changes under SB199 and outline best practices for risk management under the new law. Register for the workshop in your area by following the links below. 

Missoula – August 18, 2022

Kalispell – August 19, 2022   

Helena – November 4, 2022

Bozeman – January 20, 2023

Havre – April 20, 2023 CANCELED

Billings – April 21, 2023

Virtual Workshop – May 12, 2023: View Recording Here

Learn more about other trainings and tools for value-added and cottage food producers HERE.

Our Partners

This project is funded by the Western Extension Risk Management Education Center (Western Center) and will be presented in partnership with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Service Food and Consumer Safety Section, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center/Mission West Community Development Partners, Montana State University Extension Family & Consumer Sciences, and the Raw Milk Institute. This material is also based upon work supported by USDA/NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34713.


Alternative Energy Resources Organization

Mailing address: PO Box 1558, Helena MT 59624-1558

Physical address: 32 S Ewing St #314, Helena MT 59601