Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation

The major programs of the Animals category includes:

  • Disease control and eradication
  • Maintaining the state’s animal disease-free status
  • Inspection and testing of animals, milk and milk products approval and inspection of dairy and beef waste systems
  • Inspection and licensing of dairy processing facilities and various other animal agriculture facilities
  • Enhancing the viability of rural communities by providing leadership in managing Idaho’s natural resources and assistance in resolving rangeland management issues.

The ISDA administers the following environment programs:

  • Agricultural Ground Water Quality Protection Program
  • Surface Water Quality and BMP Evaluation
  • CAFO Siting Team
  • Idaho State Pesticide Management Plan
  • Smoke Management and Crop Residue Disposal
  • Dairies and Beef Cattle Animal Feeding Operations

The ISDA performs inspections and/or exams in the following areas:

  • Bees (Apiary)
  • Commodity Dealers
  • Fields - for Phytosanitary Certification
  • Food Safety
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
  • Hops
  • Nursery, Florists & Landscaping
  • Organic
  • Pesticide Applicators
  • Seed Buyers
  • Warehouses
  • Weights & Measures

The ISDA provides the following laboratory services:

  • Animal Health Lab
  • Dairy Lab
  • Feed and Fertilizer Lab
  • Metrology Lab
  • Plant Pathology Lab
  • Seed Lab
  • Idaho Food Quality Assurance Lab

The following licenses and registrations can be obtained through the Idaho State Department of Agriculture:

  • Bees (Apiary)
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Commodity Dealers
  • Domestic Cervidae
  • Feeds
  • Fertilizers
  • Fish Farms
  • Nursery, Florists & Landscaping
  • Organic
  • Pesticide Licensing
  • Pesticide Product Registration
  • Potato Brands
  • Produce Dealers & Agents
  • Registered Servicemen's
  • Rendering Plants
  • Seed Buyers
  • Seed Dealers
  • Soil & Plant Amendments
  • Warehouses
  • Weighmasters
  • Weights & Measures Devices

ISDA Marketing provides many services customized to meet the needs of Idaho companies and producers in the areas of:

  • International Marketing
  • Domestic Marketing
  • Idaho Preferred
  • Financial Assistance
  • Export Statistics
  • And a Calendar of Events

Through education and enforcement, the ISDA ensures compliance with federal and state rules and laws governing pesticide use in Idaho. Pesticide related programs include:

  • Applicator Licensing
  • Chemigation
  • Ground and Surface Water Protection
  • Worker Protection
  • Farm Safety
  • Toxicological Risk Assessment
  • Endangered Species Protection
  • Waste Pesticide Disposal
  • Pesticide Registration
  • Container Recycling
  • Urban Pesticide Program
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Proper Recordkeeping

Plants and Insects programs include the following:

  • Consumer Protection through Commercial Feed, Fertilizer and Soil & Plant Amendment Registrations
  • Export and Phytosanitary Certification
  • Pest Exclusion
  • Control of Grasshoppers and Mormon Crickets
  • Control of Noxious Weeds
  • Certification of Organic Food Products
  • Hops Inspections
  • Nursery, Florist & Landscaping Licenses
  • Inspection of Potato Brands and Potatoes in Retail Outlets

The Warehouse Control program is responsible for regulating the following:

  • Public Warehouses
  • Commodity Dealers
  • Seed Buyer

Idaho's warehouse and seed industries store and market a wide variety of commodities such as wheat, barley, oats, dry edible beans, peas, lentils and a number of other diverse seed crops grown in Idaho.

ISDA Weights & Measures responsibilities and services include statewide:

  • Inspection of accuracy and suitability of Commercial Weighing and Metering Devices
  • Inspection of Packaged Products to ensure net contents meet labeled weight, volume or count
  • Investigation of short delivery and misleading advertising
  • Monitoring of Octane Labeling

An alphabetical list of all ISDA Programs and Services.


A Locavore's Christmas

This holiday season, put "local" on your list.

Start with beautiful fresh Idaho grown poinsettias produced with geothermal heat. Next create an all-Idaho menu that includes local meats, potatoes, onions, winter squash, cheese and bread paired with a great Idaho wine. For recipes go here.

Think local when you buy gifts as well. Consider giving the “Live. Eat. Local – Idaho Recipes for All Seasons” cookbook (order here), or gift baskets of Idaho jams, jellies, candies and wine. For more local gift ideas go here.

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