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The Agriculture Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Agriculture. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Agriculture Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Agriculture. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) has a three-fold
mission: ensure food safety and provide consumer protection; protect the natural resource base for present and future generations of farmers and ranchers; and promote economic development and expand market opportunities for Oregon agricultural products. The three broad policy areas of the mission statement are interdependent. Without a strong and healthy natural resource base—particularly land and water—there is little or no agricultural production to promote and market. Without assurance that the food produced in Oregon is safe, there is little chance that many agricultural products will be of interest to potential customers.

The agency was formed in 1931 when the Oregon Legislature consolidated 13 separate boards, bureaus and commissions. ODA relies on close partnerships with other state and federal agencies, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and numerous non-government organizations to help carry out the agency’s mission. The 10-member State Board of Agriculture advises ODA on policy issues, develops recommendations on key agricultural issues and provides advocacy of the state’s agriculture industry in general. New responsibilities for the agency include an industrial hemp program and the addition of a cannabis policy coordinator to incorporate the state’s cannabis production into existing ODA programs and requirements.

ODA employs about 480 people and is headquartered in Salem, with its marketing and laboratory programs located in Portland at the Food Innovation Center. In addition, several inspectors and other staff members’ responsibilities are spread geographically to provide services across the state.


Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-2532
Telephone: 503-986-4550
Fax: 503-986-4750
General Email:
Contact: Alexis Taylor, Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Sue Gooch
Records Officer Email: Yvette Arechiga
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 576
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog