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Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries provides timely, fair and expert regulatory control over product, business entities, movement, and application of goods and services for which applicable state and federal law exists and strive to protect and provide service to Alabama consumers.While Alabama was known as the Cotton State since the mid 1860s, Alabama agriculture has…

Alaska Division of Agriculture

The mission of the Alaska Division of Agriculture is to promote and encourage the development of an agricultural industry in Alaska that is stable and profitable.Alaska has a long history of agriculture, which is evident on the state seal. The seal was originally designed in 1910, which portrays a farmer, his horse, and three shocks of wheat. However, Alaska weather is not always…

Arizona Department of Agriculture

To support and promote Arizona agriculture in a way that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness, protects the well-being of people, plants, animals and the environment while safeguarding commerce, consumers and natural resources.The Department of Agriculture was created in the 1990s to bring together separate boards that oversaw and protected agriculture, business and public…

Arkansas Agriculture Department

The Arkansas Agriculture Department is comprised of the following state agencies: Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission, Arkansas Aquaculture Division, Office of the State Surveyor and the Arkansas State Plant Board in order to serve the large agricultural industry in Arkansas.Arkansas is the nation’s 10th largest agricultural state. Agriculture accounted…

California Department of Food & Agriculture

Agriculture is a major industry for the Golden State. With 76,400 farms and ranches, California agriculture is a $54 billion dollar industry that generates at least $100 billion in related economic activity.This enormous achievement is possible through a combination of tradition and innovation that has secured California's status as the most productive agricultural state for more than 50…

Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is committed to strengthening agriculture's future, providing consumer protection; promoting environmental quality and animal health; and ensuring equity and integrity in business and government. Under the direction of Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown, the department proudly serves the state through seven divisions: Animal Industry, Brand…

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

The mission of the Connecticut Department of Agriculture is to foster a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture by developing, promoting and regulating agricultural businesses; protecting agricultural and aquacultural resources; enforcing laws pertaining to domestic animals; and promoting an understanding among the state's citizens of the diversity of…

Delaware Department of Agriculture

The Delaware Department of Agriculture’s mission is to sustain and promote the viability of food, fiber, and agricultural industries in Delaware through quality services that protect and enhance the environment, health, and welfare of the general public.Delaware agriculture takes up 39 percent of the state’s land. Broilers are Delaware’s top commodity, with an annual aggregate…

Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services supports and promotes Florida agriculture, protects the environment, safeguards consumers, and ensures the safety and wholesomeness of food. Our programs and activities are so varied and extensive, they touch the life of just about every Floridian.Here are some of the many ways we are working for you:We protect Florida’s…

Georgia Department of Agriculture

Georgia Department of Agriculture was established in 1874. They are the oldest state department of agriculture in the U.S. and it is not a branch of USDA.The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by…

Hawaii Department of Agriculture

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture works to support, enhance, and promote Hawaii's agriculture and aquaculture industries.Hawaii's transition from mono-crop plantations, such as pineapple and sugarcane, to diversified agriculture, including nursery products, seed crops and other vegetable and fruit crops, is important to the state's economy, environment and lifestyle.  Agriculture not…

Idaho State Department of Agriculture

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture has an ever-important place in one of the state’s largest industry sectors. It recognizes Idaho’s economic well-being is forever tied to the health of its farming and ranching. It also recognizes new opportunities exist that will redefine the future of agriculture in Idaho. As agriculture changes, ensuring efficient and superior service…

Illinois Department of Agriculture

The roots of the Illinois Department of Agriculture go back to 1819, when the Illinois Agricultural Association was formed just months after Illinois became a state.Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois in terms of economic impact, contributing more than $8.85 billion to the state’s economy annually. About 1.5 million Illinois workers are employed in the food and fiber…

Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Agriculture is the key to Indiana’s economic foundation. It adds $25 billion to Indiana’s economy from farm, food and forestry products. Indiana agriculture has a dramatic $10 billion multiplier effect on local economies, which ends up as a ripple effect. For every dollar in direct wages and income from farm, food and forest workers, more than 2.5 times that amount flows into a local…

Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

Iowa: National LeaderIowa continues to lead the nation in production of corn, soybeans, hogs, and eggs. Iowa is seventh in cattle and ninth in turkey production. As a result, Iowa had an estimated $30 billion dollars in direct sales of agriculture products in 2011, up from $12 billion in 2002 according to USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service. The state has also become the leader…

Kansas Department of Agriculture

Kansas has a strong agricultural tradition that predates its statehood, and it continues to be a significant contributor to the state's economic well-being. In 2007, cash receipts from farm marketings totaled nearly $12 billion, while exports of agricultural products that year were valued at more than $3.8 billion.Kansas farmers typically produce more wheat than any other state in the…

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Kentucky once was described as a “land of contrasts,” and the same can be said of the Commonwealth’s fast-changing agriculture industry.Kentucky farmers achieved a record $5.7 billion in farm cash receipts in 2013. Kentucky’s leading agricultural product in cash receipts was poultry and eggs at more than $1.2 billion. Kentucky is, of course, the Horse Capital of the World, and…

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s mission is to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources.The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is responsible for administering many of the programs and enforcing the regulations that impact every aspect of the state’s agriculture and forestry. At the farm and forest level,…

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is the State’s lead agency dealing with all aspects of the food system from the field to the table.The Department maintains a mission of fostering opportunities for the agriculture community and of promoting stewardship of Maine’s natural resources. Maine farmers are the stewards of 1.25 million acres. The land provides…

Maryland Department of Agriculture

Early agricultural interests in Maryland were represented by the Board of Agriculture under auspices of the University of Maryland. In 1972, the Maryland General Assembly approved legislation establishing the Maryland Department of Agriculture on the basis of agriculture's growing importance and impact to the economy of the state. A year later, the Maryland Department of Agriculture…

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ (MDAR) mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s…

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Michigan’s food and agriculture industry is no small business. The food and agriculture business sector is vital to the state’s economic engine generating approximately $101.2 billion each year for the state’s economy and employing 923,000 Michigan residents.There are nearly 10 million acres of farmland in Michigan, and the state is home to 52,194 farms averaging 191 acres each.…

Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Based in St. Paul, our mission is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has existed in one form or another for more than 100 years. During that time, the state has changed from a mostly rural society with an economy…

Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce

The mission of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi’s products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens.Agriculture is Mississippi’s number one industry, employing approximately 29% of the state’s workforce…

Missouri Department of Agriculture

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, located in Jefferson City, Mo., is dedicated to the promotion and protection of the state’s agriculture industry. With nearly 100,000 farms on more than 28 million acres of farmland, the state’s Department of Agriculture works to connect farmers with consumers. Nearly 90% of Missouri’s farms are family owned, and our family farms are committed…

Montana Department of Agriculture

Mining and agriculture lured settlers to Montana during the latter half of the 1800s, and agriculture remains the state's number one industry. One out of every six Montana workers is employed in an agriculture-related field. Regional marketing centers such as Billings, Glasgow, Havre and Miles City grew up as railroad hubs where farmers could market their grain and cattle and come to…

Nebraska Department of Agriculture

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourages and promotes the interests of agriculture through advocacy and education. In addition, NDA regulates the agriculture industry to ensure the health and safety of all Nebraskans. NDA focuses its efforts on these three areas: Ag Promotion & DevelopmentAnimal & Plant Health ProtectionFood Safety & Consumer ProtectionIt takes a team…

Nevada Department of Agriculture

The Mission of the Nevada Department of Agriculture is to benefit the welfare of all persons residing in the state by encouraging the advancement and protection of Nevada's agriculture and related Industries.Agriculture is one of Nevada's most important industries, contributing significantly to the economies of rural communities and the state as a whole. Nevada's ranches may be few in…

New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food

The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food is to promote agriculture in the public interest and to serve farmers and consumers in the marketplace. The department assures safe and healthy food supplies, provides accurate information on prices and availability of farm commodities and crops and develops markets for the state's farmers.The department has had…

New Jersey Department of Agriculture

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture was established in 1916. One of the Department’s major priorities is to promote, protect and serve the Garden State’s diverse agriculture and agribusiness industries. New Jersey is an agricultural powerhouse, with more than a billion dollars in agricultural sales each year. The Department’s programs support production agriculture as well…

New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Through securing the food supply, promoting trade, and protecting our natural resources and environment, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture is a producer, consumer and regulatory agency that plays a fundamental role in multiple sectors of New Mexico’s agricultural and consumer services industries.New Mexico’s agricultural history is long and diverse, from very early planting and…

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets

The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets’ mission is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. We work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply.Even though New York is associated with city life, agriculture remains a dominant…

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Agriculture and agribusiness combined is the leading industry in North Carolina, where more than 52,000 farms occupy 8.5 million acres of farmland. More than 1,600 of these farms are century farms, meaning they have been in continuous family ownership for 100 years or more.North Carolina is an extremely diverse agricultural state, producing more than 150 commodities. The state is a…

North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Amber waves of grain – hard red spring wheat, durum and barley – have long been the mainstay of the North Dakota’s agricultural economy. More recently, the state has become the nation’s leading producer of such crops such as sunflowers, field peas, dry edible beans, lentils and canola. North Dakota is also a major producer of sugar beets, potatoes and other commodities.Thanks to…

Ohio Department of Agriculture

The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to provide regulatory protection to producers, agribusinesses, and the consuming public; to promote Ohio agricultural products in domestic and international markets; and to educate citizens of Ohio about our agricultural industry.In addition to its regulatory function, the department also preserves the industry through preservation…

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry

Historically, Oklahoma agriculture has meant cattle and wheat to most people — and rightfully so. They’re the second largest beef cattle producing state in the nation and the fourth largest producer of wheat.But Oklahoma agriculture in the 21st century is much more than beef and wheat. Crops and livestock that were once relatively small in terms of production have grown dramatically in…

Oregon Department of Agriculture

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has a three-fold mission: food safety and consumer protection; protecting the natural resource base; and marketing agricultural products.More than 40,000 farms and ranches make up Oregon’s diverse agricultural landscape. These producers generate over $4.5 billion in annual farm gate sales and services from more than 220 different commercial…

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture encourages, protects and promotes agriculture and related industries throughout the commonwealth. As one of the leading industries in Pennsylvania, their agriculture industry truly provides the foundation for the Keystone State.Pennsylvania’s 58,000 farm families continue to care for over 7.7 million acres of farmland. With $5.7 billion in cash…

Rhode Island Division of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Management

The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is committed to preserving the quality of Rhode Island's environment, maintaining the health and safety of its residents, and protecting the natural systems upon which life depends. It offers assistance to individuals, businesses, and municipalities, conduct research, find solutions, and enforce laws created to protect the…

South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Mission and VisionThe mission of the South Carolina Department of Agriculture is to promote and nurture the growth and development of South Carolina's agriculture industry and its related businesses while assuring the safety and security of the buying public. Our shared vision is for the state’s economy to grow and prosper providing everyone, producers and consumers, opportunities to…

South Dakota Department of Agriculture

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota Agriculture for today and tomorrow.Agriculture is the life-blood of South Dakota. It is our state’s #1 industry, and for the farmers who work the land, agriculture is more than a job – it is a career, a passion and a way of life.South Dakota always has been and will continue to be an…

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Farming and forestry dominates Tennessee's landscape with 66,600 farms producing and selling crops, livestock, and forest products. Forty percent, or 10.8 million acres, of the state's land area is in farmland. More than 14 million acres of farm and non-farm forest lands generate about $300 million annually in timber sales, making Tennessee one of the nation's leading producers of…

Texas Department of Agriculture

The Texas Department of Agriculture’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives. Agriculture is an integral…

Utah Department of Agriculture & Food

The Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food’s mission is to promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, conserve its natural resources, and protect its food supply.Utah has 11 million acres in farm and ranch production. In 2010, agriculture produced $1.3 billion in cash receipts.Utah is the second driest state in the nation; therefore reservoir irrigation and water conservation…

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Vermont's agriculture is very diverse. Approximately 6,000 farms in Vermont produce everything from emus to sheep's milk cheese. Nearly a million and a half acres of Vermont land are in agriculture, sustaining the pastoral landscape that has made Vermont famous.Dairying is the primary farm industry in Vermont, producing more than two billion pounds of milk annually. Approximately half the…

Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture

Products: fruit, vegetables, sorghum; and Senepol cattleThe Senepol breed of beef cattle were developed on the USVI island of St. Croix by Henry C. Nelthropp in the early 1900's by crossing Red Poll cattle and N'Dama cattle. The Senepol breed combines the N'Dama characteristics of heat tolerance and insect resistance with the extreme gentleness, good meat, and high milk production of the…

Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, contributing an economic impact of more than $52 billion annually and providing nearly 311,000 jobs across the Commonwealth.The Commonwealth’s mild climate, rich soil and abundant waterways make Virginia one of the most diverse agricultural production venues in the nation, and produces livestock, field crops, fruits, vegetables, poultry,…

Washington State Department of Agriculture

With 39,000 farms operating on more than 15 million acres, Washington is a major agricultural state. The Evergreen State produces some 300 commercial crops and livestock products valued at $7.9 billion to Washington farmers and ranchers.Washington’s location in the northwest corner of the U.S. and its deep-water ports present excellent trade opportunities. Washington is the third…

West Virginia Department of Agriculture

West Virginia’s agriculture community is made up primarily of small family owned and operated farms. Approximately 80 percent of the Mountain State’s 20,600 farms have income of less than $10,000. But the state also leads the nation in its percentage of family-owned farms at just over 95 percent, giving those farmers great flexibility in what they choose to produce and how they choose…

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Wisconsin has a strong agricultural heritage. Those traditions carry on today making Wisconsin one of the most diverse agricultural states in the nation, producing a variety of dairy, livestock, vegetables and specialty crops. Wisconsin agriculture also generates $88.3 billion to the state's economy. Most people know Wisconsin as America's Dairyland. In 2016, the state's 1.28 million…

Wyoming Department of Agriculture

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture assists the citizens of Wyoming to live safe and healthy lives, promote and preserve our agricultural community, be responsible stewards of our natural resources, and achieve integrity in the marketplace. The WDA is comprised of six sections: Administrative Services, Analytical Services (Chemistry & Microbiology Laboratories), Consumer Health…