Department of Agriculture: Agency Subdivisions

Food and Animal Health Programs

Animal Health Program: 503-986-4680 
State Veterinarian: Dr. Ryan Scholz, DVM 
Livestock Identification Program 
(Brands ID):503-986-4681
Laboratory Services: 503-872-6644 
Food Safety Program: 503-986-4720
Contact: Rusty Rock, Director

This program area provides inspections for all of Oregon’s food distribution systems (except restaurants) to ensure food is safe for consumption. It ensures animal feeds meet nutritional and labeling standards to protect and maintain animal health. The program also registers  brands and brand inspections to combat the stolen livestock market.

Market Access and Certification Programs

Market Access and Certification Programs:
Weights and Measures Programs: 
Email: jess.paulson@oda.oregon.gov
Contact: Jess Paulson, Director

These programs help Oregon’s agricultural producers successfully add value to, sell and ship products to markets by promoting and creating demand for products. They provide consumer protection and facilitate fair competition by ensuring the accuracy and uniformity of Oregon’s Commercial Weighing System and the quality of motor fuels sold in Oregon. The programs provide laboratory analysis and technical support to the Department of Agriculture’s enforcement programs. 

Natural Resources Programs

Phone: Natural Resources Programs: 503-986-4635
Contact: Isaak Stapleton, Director

These programs address water quality and natural resource conservation on agricultural lands. They work to protect Oregon’s environment and public health by ensuring the proper and legal sale, use and distribution of pesticide products. They assist local soil and water conservation districts as they help landowners properly manage Oregon’s natural resources.

Plant Protection and Conservation Programs

Phone: 503-986-4636
Contact: Chris Benemann, Director 

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

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 571, 576, 577 and 578 and are funded by assessments on the producers of the commodities. The director of the 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: Ericka Carlson, 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

Contact Info: See Blueberry Commission

Oregon Dairy Council

Address: 1353 SW 72nd Ave., Suite 110, Tigard, 97223
Contact: Anne Goetze, 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

Contact Info: See Blueberry Commission

Hazelnut Commission

Address: 29100 Town Center Loop W. #200, Wilsonville 97070
Phone: 503-582-8420
Contact: Colleen Nihen, Administrator

Hemp Commission

Address: 635 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301
Phone: 503-986-4652

Hop Commission

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

Mint Commission

Contact Info: See Blueberry Commission

Potato Commission

Address: 1201 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 154, Portland 97209
Phone: 503-239-4763
Contact: Gary Roth, Executive Director

Processed Vegetable Commission

Address: PO Box 55401, Portland 97238
Phone: 541-325-6182
Contact: Randi Alexander-Rolison, Administrator

Raspberry and Blackberry Commission

Address: P.O. Box 56587, Portland 97238
Phone: 503-208-5589
Contact: Darcy Kochis, Administrator

Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission

Contact Info: See Blueberry Commission

Salmon Commission

Contact Info: See Albacore Commission

Sheep Commission

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

Strawberry Commission

Address: 1827 NE 44th Ave. Suite 315, Portland 97213
Contact: Julie Hoffman, Administrator

Sweet Cherry Commission

Contact Info: See Strawberry Commission

Tall Fescue Commission

Contact Info: See Blueberry Commission

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: Amanda Hoey, CEO