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The Administration section of the Ohio Department of Agriculture houses the office of Interim Director Tracy Intihar. The Director's office oversees the various support offices that assist all of the divisions and programs at the agency. These offices include: communications, fiscal, facilities, human resources, information technology, legal and legislative affairs.

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Food and agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio, adding more than $124 billion to the economy each year. In addition to providing leadership for the agricultural industry, the Director of Agriculture administers numerous regulatory, food safety, and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all Ohioans.