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Hemp Is Now Legal

The first step toward legalizing hemp in Ohio has been taken. Senate Bill 57 was signed into law, decriminalizing hemp and paving the way for the development of a new industry in our state.

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Welcome to the Ohio Department of Agriculture's new website. The agency fulfills several important roles for Ohioans including supporting agriculture, protecting consumers, safeguarding plants and animals, and conserving natural resources.

We hope you find our new site easy to navigate. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us and someone will help you find what you need.

Meet Our Divisions

Founded in 1846 as the Ohio Board of Agriculture, the Department of Agriculture is one of the oldest executive-level agencies in Ohio. Food and agriculture employs one in eight Ohioans and accounts for more than $124 billion in annual investment - demonstrating the critical importance of the industry and the agency to the state.

Scroll through each of our divisions below, or find a list here.

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Information about the department's various programs as well as forms, applications and fact sheets can all be found in the resources section.

ODA is so fortunate for all we gained through the budget signed by Governor Mike DeWine!

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West Nile Virus Confirmed in Ohio Horses
The Ohio Department of Agriculture confirmed the first two positive cases this year of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Ohio horses. The spread of WNV in horses is preventable with proper vaccination and horse owners are urged to ensure their animal’s vaccine and boosters are up to date.
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