ISDA Statutory Responsibilities & Services


Egg Surveillance and Inspections
ISDA staff is licensed by USDA to conduct shell egg quarterly surveillance of egg farms, and to grade shell eggs for compliance with USDA Grade Labeling Program.

State: §§37-1501 to 1530
Feed & Fertilizer Laboratory
Feed samples are collected by ISDA inspectors and analyzed for label claims such as guarantees for protein, minerals, vitamins and drugs. Selected samples are tested for mycotoxins (poisonous compounds produced by certain molds or for heavy metals). Some are examined by microscope to verify that the ingredients on the label match those actually used. Products found to be misbranded or adulterated may be subject to a Stop-Sale order. Fertilizer samples are collected similarly and analyzed for the guaranteed nutrients. Samples found to be deficient are subject to fines based on the cost of the ingredient(s). The Feed and Fertilizer lab also screens certain products for heavy metals.

Feed - State: §§25-2701 to 2717
Fertilizer - State: §§22-601 to 626
Soil and Plant Amendment State: §§22-2201 to 2226

Feedlots - Idaho Approved
Feedlots inspected and approved by ISDA are allowed to feed certain restricted classes of animals for slaughter.

State: §§25-201 to 238, §§25-601 to 618
Feeds - Commercial Animal
Under this truth-in-labeling law, animal feed manufacturers are required to register their products with the ISDA and subject their products to periodic sampling and analytical testing to ensure that label guarantees are being met and that the products are not adulterated or misbranded. Labels are also subject to ISDA review for compliance with Idaho and federal law.

State : §§25-2701 to 2732
Fertilizers - Commercial
Fertilizer manufacturers are required under this truth-in-labeling law, to register their products with the ISDA and subject their products to periodic sampling and analytical testing to ensure that label guarantees are being met and that the product is not adulterated or misbranded.

State: §§22-601 to 626

Field Inspection, Export & Phytosanitary Certification
ISDA is authorized to inspect and certify agricultural commodities intended for export from Idaho to another state or foreign country, and issue state and federal phytosanitary certificates to certify their export. Federal phytosanitary certificates are issued by the ISDA pursuant to a “Memorandum of Understanding” with the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine.

State: §§22-103(22), 107, 702
Food Safety Audits
This program provides Idaho growers and packers consumer protection in establishing compliance with Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This program also facilitates the development of out-of-state markets for Idaho produce.

State: §22-107
Genetically Modified Organisms
A database is maintained of all regulated genetically modified organisms permitted by the USDA to enter Idaho. This allows the ISDA to keep abreast of genetic work going on within the state and mediate problems should they arise.

State : §22-2016
Grasshopper & Mormon Cricket Control
ISDA Mormon Cricket and Grasshopper Control Program offers help to ranchers, farmers, and the general public in the suppression of economically damaging infestations on private or state owned lands. Pest management information, insecticide bait and organization aerial cost share projects are provided. ISDA's program also strives to minimize negative environmental impacts from insecticide application. Participants are required to abide by the EPA approved product labels and follow principles of sound pesticide stewardship. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is an important partner in the overall program. APHIS conducts statewide surveys to determine the density and species composition of grasshopper populations on rangelands as well as suppression projects.

State : §22-2019
Hops Inspections
Idaho is ranked third in commercial hop production in the United States. The USDA has an agreement with ISDA to sample and inspect hops to determine the percent of leaf, stem and seed. This third party certificate is issued for each lot inspected.

State : §22-702

Idaho Food Quality Assurance Laboratory
The Idaho Food Quality Assurance Laboratory was formed by action of the Idaho Legislature in 1996. Members of the 10 person Institute are appointed by the Governor to oversee the management and operation of the Idaho Food Quality Assurance Laboratory in Twin Falls, Idaho. The Idaho Food Quality assurance Laboratory was built by the ISDA. The appointed Institute members have significant expertise in all aspects of the food system. Historically, partners have included the Idaho Potato and Wheat Commissions, Idaho Growers and Shippers Association, Idaho Alfalfa and Clover Seed Commission, Idaho Mint Commission, IR-4 minor pesticide registration program, and the University of Idaho.

State : §§67-8301-8306
Idaho Invasive Species Act of 2008
Governor Otter signed the Indaho Invasive Species Act into law in 2008. The purpose of this act "is to address the concerns about the increasing threat of invasive species by providing policy direction, planning and authority to combat invasive species infestations throughout the state and to prevent the introduction of new species that may be harmful."

State: §22-1901-1917

Idaho Preferred
Idaho Preferred ® is a brand identity campaign that uses the Idaho Preferred ® logo to identify and promote food and agriculture products in the Gem state.

State : §22-112
Idaho Plant Pest Act (Import/Export Certification)
The purpose of this program is to prevent the introduction of plant pests into Idaho through the movement of plants and plant products or through the movement of the pests themselves. The export certification, Mormon cricket, grasshopper, abandoned orchard, pest and invasive species survey and detection programs fall under this code.

State : §§22-2001 to 2023

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