Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center


Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center’s mission is to enhance regional and state economic opportunities by providing client services to value added agriculture and specialty food businesses through the management and operation of a viable community-based food processing center.


Located directly in the heart of Ronan, Montana and covering over a ¼ of a city block, Lake County Community Development’s Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center is a fully functioning food processing, research, and development facility. The food processing facility is inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Montana Department of Agriculture Organic Program.


The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center (MMFEC) is a response to a community based food system assessment- the Montana Food System Initiatives -conducted in 1998. The assessment involved a diverse group of community members and organizations that looked at their local food system and identified community based actions that could increase local food production, add value to local agriculture, and create new resources for local food consumption. In 1999, MMFEC received funding through the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Program which developed a marketing plan for the Center. This plan revealed that western Montana farmers, ranchers, and food producers require marketing, food processing, and distribution infrastructure development in order to enhance their quality of life and community economic well-being. By 2000 MMFEC’s food processing facility was built and began providing a venue for the incubation of specialty food entrepreneurs and value added agricultural producers. In 2005, MMFEC was one of 10 federally funded food and agriculture innovation centers in the country, and since 2009 MMFEC has served as western Montana’s food and agriculture center in the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Food and Agriculture Development Network.

We are proud that Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center has contributed to the success of food businesses such as: 

News & Happenings Around MMFEC

Find client stories, grant projects, and up to date information about what is going on at the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center. 



Find us Instagram and Twitter!

MMFEC is now on Instagram (@mmfec) and Twitter (@_MMFEC). Follow us to keep up to date with all of the exciting things happening, like new products!


 Love Ronan? Love good beer? 



Ronan Cooperative Brewery shares are now available for purchase. Thanks to everyone who came out to support the Ronan Cooperative Brewery at the Valley Club. We now have 116 member owners.  Remember to like & follow Ronan Cooperative Brewery on Facebook!

Call us at 406-676-5901 for more information. 


 Cooperative Development Center Awarded USDA Rural Development Grants

LCCDC's Cooperative Development Center has been awarded two grants from USDA. The Rural Cooperative Development Grant, from USDA's Rural Development, supports the Cooperative Development Center to deliver cooperative development services to rural Montana communities, to improve the economic conditions throughout the region by developing cooperative business projects, and to build capacity and resources in developing cooperative projects through partnerships and broad collaborations. A Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Services will support the development of the Ronan Farmers Market through hiring a Market Master and building capacity to hold events and accept nutrition incentives in order to increase access to healthy food in the community and expand markets for local farmers.


Case Studies Now Available

Montana Poultry Grower's Cooperative Case Study: MPGC case study FINAL-12-2017 (pdf)  

A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital: A Culture of Health: Farm to Hospital in Montana (pdf)  


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