Agriculture

The state of Indiana pays a great deal of attention to the development, safety and health of its lands and all its residents. With a significant agricultural contribution to the state economy, Indiana prides itself in providing around 200,000 agriculture-related jobs and is the 10th state in the U.S. to sell the most agricultural products. The state aims to become a global leader in innovative commercial solutions for fiber, food and fuel production. Below are some of the institutions responsible for the success of Indiana’shighly developed agriculture.

Department of Agriculture

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) takes care of the local, state and federal aspects of agriculture in the state. These range from soil conservation management, agricultural innovations, economic development, to licensing grain companies.. There are six main divisions of the ISDA:

  • Economic Development
  • Soil Conservation
  • Following the Future of Agriculture (FFA)
  • Policy and Regulatory Affairs
  • Indiana Grain Buyers
  • Communications

Department of Environmental Management

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is an environmental agency whose goal is to protect the environment and consequently, human health, by utilizing state and federal regulations and supporting agricultural, industrial and commercial development at the same time. IDEM performs numerous activities to make sure the environment and all its elements are safe and protected. Such activities include water and air quality assessments, issuance of environmental permits, inspection of environmental facilities, control of contaminated properties that are being cleaned up, raising public awareness about environmental issues in Indiana and more.

In order to perform these activities, IDEM has created five functional programs, each of which is focused on a different environmental issue. The five major IDEM programs are:

  • Office of Water Quality
  • Office of Air Quality
  • Office of Compliance Support
  • Office of Land Quality
  • Office of Legal Counsel and Criminal Investigations

Natural Resources Commission

All issues of the Department of Natural Resources are being handled by the Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC). These issues mainly focus on responsible use and proper management of all natural and cultural resources in Indiana and are addressed by 12 board members of whom seven are selected on a bipartisan basis, three are ex officio state agencies members and one person is a member or a representative of the Indiana Academy of Science. The Natural Resources Commission gathers four times a year.

Board of Animal Health

The well-being and health of an animal are important for the state of Indiana, as they are considered valuable providers of food, help, friendship and more for many Hoosiers. To further protect both residents and animals of the state, the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) was founded. The main goals of the IN BOAH include:

  • Providing public health protection through control and prevention of contagious animal diseases that are dangerous for both animals and people.
  • Improvement of the Indiana economy through protection of investments in wildlife, animals that serve as companions ,horses, animal agriculture and more.
  • Control of quality and safety of food like poultry, dairy and meat through detailed inspections.
  • Providing help for people and their animals that have suffered natural disasters.
  • Handling the buying and selling of livestock in Indiana through inspecting and licensing livestock facilities.

These tasks and operations are performed by highly qualified health inspectors, veterinarians and other employees who tirelessly travel throughout Indiana in order to protect people and animals from various problems.

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