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.
The Consumer Protection Laboratory is Ohio's premier food and agricultural testing laboratory. The laboratory tests food, feeds, fertilizers, pesticides, animal exhibition samples and race track samples. It is also state's the primary emergency response laboratory for biological and chemical terrorism in food and environmental products.
Ohio Agriculture Director Dorothy Pelanda today sent a letter to U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue, supporting Governor Mike DeWine's request for a Secretarial disaster designation and asking for consideration of specific recommendations regarding Ohio farmers.