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Andy Gray Named Montana Hemp Program Coordinator


Helena, Mont. – Director Ben Thomas announced today that Andy Gray, a nearly 20-year veteran of the Montana Department of Agriculture, has been named as the new Montana Hemp Program Coordinator. Gray has been deeply involved in crafting Montana’s hemp plan since the beginning and he will begin his new position immediately.

“Montana’s producers are fortunate to have a person of Andy’s caliber heading up our hemp program,” said Director Thomas. “With Andy’s knowledge of Montana commodity laws and his experience here at the Department I know he will serve our state well.”

Gray has been with the Department since 2000. In that time, he has served in a variety of roles including as Feed Specialist, Field Operations Manager for the Commodity Services Bureau, and most recently as the Bureau Chief for the Commodity Services Bureau.

Montana was one of a handful of states to have a fully federally compliant hemp pilot program under the 2014 farm bill. In 2018, Montana grew the most acres of hemp in the United States. With the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill, coupled with several pieces of legislation from earlier this year, Montana is poised to build significantly on those 2018 acres. For more information on Montana’s hemp program, visit our website:

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. For more information on the department, visit


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