Governor Bullock Issues Stay at Home Directive; Lists Agriculture under Essential Business Exemptions

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On March 26, 2020, Governor Steve Bullock issued a Directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily closes all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

The Directive will be in effect through Friday, April 10 and requires all businesses and operations in Montana, except for essential businesses and operations as defined in the directive, to stop all activities within the state.

The Directive follows federal guidance from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to determine businesses and operations deemed essential.

The sector specific plan identifies eight categories within the Food and Agriculture sector which are listed below. For a list of all exemptions in their entirety visit,

  • Agricultural and Food Product Transportation
  • Supply
  • Processing, Packaging, and Production
  • Agricultural and Food Product Storage
  • Agricultural and Food Processing Product Distribution
  • Agricultural and Food Supporting Facilities
  • Regulatory, Oversight, and Industry Organizations
  • Other Agriculture and Food

Anyone with questions can contact the dedicated state line at 1-800-755-6672.

For those traveling for work related reasons, such as hauling bulls or livestock to auction markets, we have included a draft letter you can put on your own farm/ranch/company letterhead and use in case you are stopped. In addition, we have included an affidavit your employees can sign and carry with them along with the letter.

If you have any further questions, please contact the MSGA office at 406-442-3420.

Keni Reese
Director of Marketing & Communications, MSGA

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