Montana Dept. of Agriculture Announces New Deputy Director

by Colter Brown

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is announcing Zach Coccoli as Deputy Director today.

Coccoli, who served as Deputy Legal Counsel prior to serving as Acting Deputy Director and Agriculture Development Division Administrator, has served as a strong voice for rural communities, producers, businesses, and allied industries in various capacities at the department.

Raised in Choteau, agriculture has always played a meaningful role in Zach’s life. As Deputy Director, he will continue to advance value-added opportunities and promote Montana’s superior quality agricultural products throughout the world.

“I am humbled to continue working on behalf of Montana’s number one industry and committed to supporting Montana’s role as a leader in feeding the world,” said Coccoli.  “Montana Department of Agriculture is made up of passionate, knowledgeable, and hardworking individuals who are committed to expanding opportunities for our ag producers and businesses. I’m looking forward to what’s next.”

Zach will serve alongside Director Christy Clark, another Choteau-native whom he has worked with in a professional capacity since joining the department in 2017.

“Zach has proven to be an invaluable asset to our department. He is dedicated, hardworking, and passionate about not only our department, but Montana’s agricultural industry as a whole,” said MDA Director Christy Clark. “I know I can count on Zach, and we are fortunate to have him as a member of our leadership team.”

Prior to joining the department, Zach served as Judicial Law Clerk to Hon. DeeAnn Cooney in the First Judicial District Court in Helena. In 2015, he earned a Juris Doctorate from University of Montana School of Law focused on Environmental and Natural Resource Law. Zach earned his B.A. in Political Science with emphasis on Economics and Sustainable Development from Washington State University in 2011.

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MT Dept. of Ag

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