Department of Agriculture: Agency Subdivisions

Food and Animal Health Programs

Phone: Animal Health Program (State Veterinarian):
503-986-4680, Food Safety Program: 503-986-4720,
Livestock Identification Program (Brands): 503-986-4681
Contact: Isaak Stapleton, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: This program area provides inspections for all of Oregon’s food distribution systems (except restaurants) to ensure food is safe for consumption. To protect and maintain animal health, it ensures animal feeds meet nutritional and labeling standards. Through registration of brands and brand inspections, it denies a market in stolen livestock.

Internal Services and Consumer Protection Programs

Phone: Laboratory Services: 503-872-6644, Weights and Measures Program: 503-986-4670
Contact: Jason Barber, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: These programs provide consumer protection and fair competition among businesses while facilitating interstate commerce and international trade by ensuring the accuracy and uniformity of Oregon’s Commercial Weighing System and the quality of motor fuels sold in Oregon. The program area provides laboratory analysis and technical support to the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s enforcement programs and also administers programs dealing with wolf depredation compensation and egg-laying hen cage space.

Market Access and Certification Programs

Agricultural Marketing and Development Program
Address: 1207 NW Naito Pkwy., Suite 104, Portland 97209-2832
Phone: 503-872-6600
Commodity Inspection Program
Phone: 503-986-4620
Contact: Casey Prentiss, Interim Director

Duties and Responsibilities: These programs help Oregon’s agricultural producers successfully add value to, sell and ship products to local, national and international markets by promoting and creating demand for products through marketing activities, inspection and certification.

Natural Resources Programs

Phone: Natural Resources Programs: 503-986-4700, Pesticides Program: 503-986-4635
Contact: Stephanie Page, Director

Duties and Responsibilities: These programs address water quality, quantity and natural resource conservation on agricultural lands. They also address the proper use of pesticides, labeling and sale of fertilizer, as well as field burning in the Willamette Valley. Program goals are accomplished through outreach, regulatory work, monitoring and coordination with other natural resource agencies.

Plant Protection and Conservation Programs

Phone: 503-986-4636
Contact: Helmuth Rogg, Director 

Duties and Responsibilities: These programs protect Oregon’s agricultural industries and natural environment from harmful plant pests, diseases and noxious weeds; enhance the value and marketability of exported nursery stock, Christmas trees, seeds and other agricultural products; register industrial hemp growers and handlers; and further the conservation of threatened and endangered plants.

State Board of Agriculture

Address: 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-2532
Phone: 503-986-4554
Fax: 503-986-4750
Contact: Karla Valness, Assistant to the Board
Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 561

Duties and Responsibilities: The 10-member State Board of Agriculture advises ODA on policy, develops recommendations on key agricultural issues and provides advocacy of the state’s agriculture industry.

Agricultural Commodity Commissions

Commodity commissions conduct promotional, educational, production and market research projects. The commissions are authorized by ORS chapters 576, 577 and 578 and are funded by assessments on the producers of the commodities. The director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture appoints the members of all 23 commissions. 

Albacore Commission

Address: PO Box 983, Lincoln City 9736-0983
Phone/Fax: 541-994-2647
Contact: Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director

Alfalfa Seed Commission

Address: PO Box 688, Ontario 97914-0688
Phone: 541-881-1335
Contact: Edith Kressley, Administrator

Beef Council

Address: 1827 NE 44th Ave., Suite 315, Portland 97213
Phone: 503-274-2333
Contact: Will Wise, Executive Director

Blueberry Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Clover Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Dairy Products Commission

Address: 10505 SW Barbur Blvd., Portland 97219-6853
Phone: 503-229-5033
Contact: Pete Kent, Executive Director

Dungeness Crab Commission

Address: PO Box 1160, Coos Bay 97420-0301
Phone: 541-267-5810
Contact: Hugh Link, Interim Executive Director

Fine Fescue Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Hazelnut Commission

Address: 21595-A Dolores Way NE, Aurora 97002-9738
Phone: 503-678-6823
Contact: Meredith Nagley, Administrator

Hop Commission

Address: PO Box 298, Hubbard 97032
Phone: 503-982-7600
Contact: Michelle Palacios, Administrator

Mint Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Orchardgrass Seed Producers Commission

Address: 6745 SW Hampton St., #101, Portland 97223
Phone: 503-924-1181
Contact: Misty Slagle, Administrator

Potato Commission

Address: 9320 SW Barbur Blvd, Suite 130, Portland 97219-5405
Phone: 503-239-4763
Contact: Bill Brewer, Executive Director

Processed Vegetable Commission

Address: 9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 130, Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503-239-4763
Contact: Jennifer Fletcher

Raspberry and Blackberry Commission

Address: 4845 B SW Dresden, Corvallis 97333-3915
Phone: 541-758-4043
Contact: Philip Gütt, Administrator

Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Salmon Commission

Address: PO Box 983, Lincoln City 97367-0983
Phone: 541-994-2647
Contact: Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director

Sheep Commission

Address: 1270 Chemeketa St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-364-5462
Contact: Richard Kosesan, Administrator

Strawberry Commission

Address: 4845 B SW Dresden, Corvallis 97333-3915
Phone: 541-758-4043
Contact: Philip Gütt, Administrator

Sweet Cherry Commission

Address: 2667 Reed Rd., Hood River 97031-9609
Phone: 541-386-5761
Contact: Julie Hoffman

Tall Fescue Commission

Address: PO Box 3366, Salem 97302-0366
Phone: 503-364-2944
Contact: Bryan Ostlund, Administrator

Trawl Commission

Address: 16289 Hwy. 101 S, Suite C, Brookings 97415
Phone: 541-469-7830
Contact: Yelena Nowak, Director

Wheat Commission

Address: 1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 370, Portland 97209-2800
Phone: 503-467-2161
Contact: Blake Rowe, Executive Director