Department of Agriculture Records Guide
Agency History - Introduction
The Department of Agriculture (ODA) provides leadership, service, and regulatory functions for food production and processing in Oregon. Its mission has been expanded to provide food safety and consumer protection at all levels of production and marketing, to protect the agricultural natural resource base, and to promote economic development and develop markets for agriculture and food products. The Director of the Department of Agriculture is appointed by the Governor. A ten-member State Board of Agriculture, also appointed by the Governor, serves as an advisory board to the Director. The Department is currently divided into ten divisions that oversee thirty-six chapters of Oregon laws.