ISDA Statutory Responsibilities & Services


Livestock Markets
All public livestock markets are required to operate under a charter issued by the ISDA

State: §§25-1719 to 1737
Low Flying Prohibitions
The ISDA is charged with enforcing rules prohibiting aircraft pilots from turning or low flying over specified areas during spray operations.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal: FIFRA; P.L. 104-170

Marketing - Federal-State Market News
The ISDA Marketing Bureau has a cooperative agreement with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to operate the market news service for potatoes and onions. The news service provides the daily price reports for potatoes and onions nationwide. ISDA provides staff at the Idaho Falls office to compliment USDA staff.

Marketing - International and Domestic
This bureau promotes the sale of Idaho food and agriculture products around the world and directly assists agricultural producers with expanding their domestic and international markets. International programs include trade missions, trade shows, trade policy and exporter education. Domestic programs include farmers’ markets, specialty foods, specialty crops and livestock, agriculture development, value-added agriculture and Idaho Preferred ®. This division also administers USDA specialty crop grants.

IDAPA: to .315
Metrology Lab
The metrology laboratory located, within the Bureau of Weights and Measures, maintains custody of primary standards of mass, volume, and length for the State of Idaho. These standards provide trace ability to the U.S. National standards. The lab certifies field standards used by the Bureau in its statutory duties and provides traceable measurements for any entity that may require them.

State: §71-110 and §71-231
Mosquito Abatement
The director or a designated representative is an ex-official member of the board of trustees for mosquito abatement districts and may be called upon for advice and assistance in the handling of abatement problems affecting the ISDA ’s interests. ISDA tests, calibrates, and certifies pesticide application equipment for mosquito abatement districts.

State: §§39-2801 to 2814
Noxious Weeds
This program provides training, advice, and support to the 21 Idaho Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMA) and counties that are not part of a CWMA; administers the Noxious Weed Cost Share Grant programs; created and maintains a statewide GIS noxious weed database; and provides training and support to county and CWMA specialists for weed mapping and data entry. The ISDA also administers Noxious Weed-Free Forage and Straw Program.

State: §§22-2401 to 2413
Noxious Weed Cost Share
The primary purpose of the ISDA's noxious weed cost share grant program is to accelerate the attack on invasive weeds by supplementing local funds and resources. Cost sharing is also intended to provide additional incentives for local landowners, officials, and citizens to work collaboratively to develop a more comprehensive and effective noxious weed management program. Through strengthening on-the-ground management the major economic and environmental impacts can be more effectively mitigated, improving the quality of life for all Idahoans.

State : §22-2403 and §22-2404
Noxious Weed Free Forage
The Noxious Weed Free Forage and Straw (NWFFS) certification allows for the transportation and sale of Idaho forage and straw into and through states and other boundaries where restrictions are placed on such commodities.

State: §§22-101(3), 22-2403, 22-2411, 22-2412, and 22-2413
Nursery and Florists (Export Certification)
Idaho has chosen to establish the production of nursery and florist stock as an agricultural pursuit. Periodic inspections are conducted of nursery and florist stock sold in Idaho to provide a high quality, pest and disease-free product to the citizens of Idaho and Idaho’s external trading partners. The ISDA is also authorized to issue certificates, permits and licenses to persons affected by the provisions of this chapter.

State : §§22-2301 to 2325
Nursery Stock - Virus-Free Certification
These rules establish procedures for a voluntary program to meet Canadian requirements for the importation of certified virus free nursery stock and planting material. Grover responsibilities, registration, record maintenance, field isolation, inspection, laboratory testing, and plant identification (tagging) requirements are outlined in detail.

State: §§22-103(22), 107, 702, 2302(5)
Nutrient Management
ISDA is authorized to review and approve nutrient management plans for all beef cattle animal feed operations and dairy farms.

State : §22-4906 and §37-401
Odor Management - Agriculture
Agricultural operations are required to manage odors so that they do not exceed odors normally associated with acceptable agricultural practices in Idaho. ISDA responds to odor complaints and ensures compliance.

State: §§25-3801 to 3809
Organic Food Products Certification
This consumer protection program establishes standards for food products marketed and labeled using the term “organic.” These standards also facilitate the development of out-of-state markets for Idaho food grown by organic methods. These chapters also comply with the national organic standards as required by the USDA.

State: §§22-1101 to 1108
Pesticide Container Recycling Program (CROP)
The ISDA, in cooperation with private industry, recycles clean, empty plastic pesticide or fertilizer containers.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426

Pesticide Containers - Storage
The ISDA is authorized to enforce rules safeguarding the environment by ensuring that pesticide containers are handled, transported, displayed, and stored properly.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal: FIFRA, P.L.104-170

Pesticide Enforcement
ISDA ensures compliance with the pesticides and chemigation laws and associated rules and works with the EPA to ensure compliance with FIFRA.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal: FIFRA, P.L.104-170

Pesticide Certification and Training/Licensing Requirements
ISDA provides pesticide applicator training and certification for current and potential pesticide applicators (individuals who apply restricted use pesticides for production agriculture). Professional applicators must pass minimum certification requirements, attend recertification training and provide proof of insurance to apply pesticides in Idaho. They must also make a record of their applications and maintain those records for 3 years.

Private applicators (who use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides to produce agricultural commodities or forest crops on land they or their employer owns or operates), or chemigators (who apply pesticides or fertilizers through irrigation systems on land they or their employer owns or operates) must also pass minimum certification requirements and attend recertification training. Pesticide dealers who sell restricted use pesticides (RUP) must also be licensed by ISDA, and maintain records of RUP sales for 3 years. Growers who want to apply restricted use pesticides on their property are also required to pass minimum certification requirements and attend recertification training.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal: FIFRA, P.L.104-170

Pesticide Management Plan - Idaho State
The pesticides and water quality program includes the creation and implementation of the Idaho State Pesticide Management Plan (PMP) for Ground Water Protection, monitoring of ground water for pesticides, education of applicators, potential pesticide and ground water specific rules, Best Management Practices and regulation of specific active ingredients.

State: §§39-120, 126, 127; §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal:FIFRA, P.L.104-170

Pesticide Product Registration
ISDA regulates the sale of all pesticide and spray adjuvant products in Idaho. Labels are reviewed and approved prior to distribution. ISDA aids the agricultural industry in the development of new, labeled uses of pesticides for special local need and emergency pest problems. Permits are also issued for the use of experimental pesticides to develop data for new uses.

State: §§22-3402 and 3403
Federal :FIFRA, P.L.104-170

Pesticide - USDA Record Keeping Requirements
Under a Cooperative Agreement with the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service, ISDA conducts record keeping educational outreach programs; determines certified applicator compliance with Federal Pesticide Record keeping requirements; and conducts compliance assistance activities. These records can be made available to emergency medical personnel in case of suspected human exposure to pesticides.

Federal: Cooperative Agreement with USDA, AMS
Plant Disease & Other Pests
Idaho agriculture is diversified, producing more than 144 different commodities and agricultural products. The value of Idaho’s agricultural production is about $4 billion. Export markets are a significant sector of the agricultural economy with $789.2 million in sales or about 20 percent of the farm total from international trade. ISDA has the responsibility to conduct pest survey and detection projects for a wide array of regulated and invasive pest species.

State : §§22-2001 to 22-2023

Plant Pathology Laboratory
The Plant Pathology Lab performs a variety of tests to prevent the introduction of certain pathogens into Idaho. For example, beans destined for planting within Idaho must be found free of five bacterial pathogens. Other tests allow Idaho producers to meet the phytosanitary requirements of buyers in other states and countries. The lab is also frequently involved in surveys to determine the scope of a pathogen within the United States.

State : §§22-2001 to 2023

Potatoes - Grading and Packing
This program establishes a grading system to ensure the quality of potatoes and mandates the registration of brands offered for sale in Idaho. It also requires that retail outlets offering potatoes for sale show the grade and origin.

State: §§22-901 to 914
Poultry - National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
All poultry imported into Idaho must be tested for certain diseases OR originate from a National Poultry Improvement Plan facility.

State: §§25-201 to 237
Federal: 9 CFR Subchapter G

Produce Dealers & Agents (Dealers in Farm Produce Act)
This program protects producers of farm products grown in Idaho if a licensed and bonded dealer, broker, or commission merchant fails to pay producers or commits fraud against producers of farm products.

Pseudorabies/Swine Health
Idaho is a Stage V (free) State in the National Pseudorabies Program. Maintenance of this status requires surveillance and testing of suspicious herds and animals. ISDA has a general program for porcine diseases.

State: §§25-201 to 238, §§25-3401 to 3407
Federal: 9 CFR Subchapter B and C

Pure Seed Law
Seed which is transported, sold, offered or exposed for sale, or delivered under contract is subject to periodic sampling and analytical testing by the ISDA to ensure compliance with Idaho and applicable federal law.

State: §§22-413 to 436
Idaho has several quarantines in place to mitigate the entry and/or spread of harmful pests into our state. Quarantines against a particular pest may apply to a wide range of plants or commodities, and even to vehicles and machinery. These quarantines may apply to anything moving into or within Idaho, or only to portions of the state. Anyone selling or bringing plants, agricultural or horticultural commodities, or nursery stock into Idaho should read through the quarantine summary.

State : §§22-2001 to 22-2023

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