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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.

Japanese Beetle Eradication Program Second Season

David Cappaert, Michigan State University, bugwood.orgJapanese Beetle (JB), one of the most aggressive invasive insect pests ever to enter the US feeds voraciously on foliage, flowers and fruits of over 300 ornamental and agricultural plants and causes considerable damage to lawns, golf courses and parks by consuming the roots of grasses.

For nearly 20 years survey traps set up each summer throughout Idaho indicated that virtually no JB were present. That changed in 2012 when 61 beetles were captured. The following summer 2,999 beetles were collected in traps centered in the Warm Springs area of east Boise and off of State Street.

ISDA has put together an eradication program, involving continued trapping as well as pesticide treatment of all lawn-covered areas on residential properties, parks and other grassy areas where the beetles have been captured.  The second year of treatment begins in May.  Outreach has already begun for property owners in affected areas.  Learn more about JB and the eradication program here.

 

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