ISDA Statutory Responsibilities & Services


Rainfall - Artificial Production
Anyone conducting operations to artificially induce rainfall within the state must register with the ISDA. A description of all activities to be conducted must also be filed with the ISDA.

State : §§22-3201 to 3202
Rangeland Management
The Resource Conservation and Rangeland Development Program provides technical support and expertise to Idaho rangeland livestock producers and federal and state agencies for the planning and management of vegetation and other rangeland resources through the application of Best Management Practices and utilization of collaborative management processes. The program is administered by the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission.

Registered Servicemen Program
The Bureau of Weights and Measures registers service agencies and service persons who demonstrate the necessary knowledge and have standards and testing equipment appropriate in design and adequate in amount. Registered service persons have the authority to remove official rejection tags and to place a new or used weighing or measuring device into service until an official examination can be conducted.

State : §71-111
Rendering Establishments
All rendering establishments and dead animal services are required to be inspected and licensed by ISDA.

State: §§25-3201 to 3208
Rural Rehab Loans
The ISDA is authorized to receive and administer trust assets from the USDA under the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act for rural development. The ISDA subsequently offers Agricultural Development Loans in amounts up to $50,000. The total asset balance of the program is $241,700 with an actual available cash balance to lend of $170,000.

State: §§57-1401 to 1406

Scrapie / Sheep
ISDA provides the Idaho Sheep Commission contract veterinary services for the Commission’s regulatory authority. Federal regulations require identification of all breeding sheep over 1 year old moving in commerce.

State: §§25-126 to 160
Federal: 9 CFR Subchapter B and C

Seed Buyers
Seed buyers, regulated by the Warehouse Control Program, purchase seed crops such as wheat, beans, peas, alfalfa, grass, vegetable and a number of other diverse seed crops grown in Idaho. ISDA oversees seed buyer are licensing. The Seed Indemnity Fund (SIF) offers additional protection for producers in the event of a seed buyer failure. This $12 million dollar fund is supported by producer's assessments and allows producers to recoup 90% of their approved verified claim in the event of a failure.

State: §§22-5101 to 5129

Seed Dealers License
Anyone who wants to sell, offer for sale, expose for sale or deliver agricultural seeds in packages of 8 ounces or more must obtain a seed dealer's license from the ISDA for each location in Idaho. Seed sold by dealers is subject to the Pure Seed Law.

State: §22-434

Seed Indemnity Fund (SIF)
This program provides financial protection to producers of seed crops grown in Idaho if a state licensed seed buyer fails. The SIF is funded by assessments to seed producers who transfer seed crop or store for withdrawal.

State: §§22-5101 to 5129
Seed Potatoes
To protect Idaho's potato crop, only certified seed potatoes are allowed to be imported and/or planted within the state, except under special conditions set forth in the administrative rules. The seed potato program also provides for arbitration between seed potato buyers and sellers in the case of a dispute.

State: §§22-501 to 510
Seed Laboratory
The lab provides testing services for samples collected by ISDA investigators or submitted by the public for regulatory compliance, as well as domestic and international export. Seed purity and germination is determined through a variety of tests. Lab personnel represent Idaho in voting on rule changes to the Association of Official Seed Analyst rules for testing seed.

State:  §22-418
Shipping Point Inspection
ISDA has a cooperative agreement with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to sample, inspect, and grade at shipping point, fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Idaho using USDA Grade Standards and applicable marketing orders.

Smoke Management and Crop Residue Disposal
The ISDA, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ), Environmental Protection Agency, Nez Perce Tribe, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and Kootenai Tribe, operate a smoke management and crop residue burning program to allow the thermal removal of crop residue with minimal impact to Idaho citizens. Individual agricultural fields are required to be registered with ISDA and receive approval before burning of crop residue is allowed.

Soil & Plant Amendments
Under this truth-in-labeling law, soil and plant amendment 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 review by the ISDA for compliance with Idaho and applicable federal law.

State : §§22-2201 to 2226
Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
ISDA staff support the Idaho Soil Conservation Commission (SCC) and the Soil Conservation Districts (SCDs) with the agricultural TMDL process and providing water quality monitoring through the Agricultural Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Monitoring Program. This program is coordinated by ISDA, with the SCC and the Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts (IASCD).

State: §22-2718
All beef breeding bulls, except virgins, located south of the Salmon River are required to be tested annually for Trichomoniasis by a veterinarian. All imported non- virgin breeding bulls over 24 months of age are required to be tested for Trichomoniasis prior to importation into Idaho.

State: §25-201 to 237
Tuberculosis (TB)
Idaho requires a TB test for importation of all livestock from some states and all intact dairy cattle over 6 months of age from all states. Some jurisdictions require a negative TB test performed by a veterinarian for importation of Idaho livestock. Idaho is accredited free under the National Cattle TB Program and has 40 accredited TB free cervid herds. Maintenance of free status requires continuous surveillance and testing of suspicious animals or herds.

State: §§25-201 to 237, §§25-301 to 308, §§25-401 to 403

Unusable Pesticide Collection and Disposal (PDP)
The director or designated agent may, if necessary environmental protection, take possession and dispose of canceled, suspended, or otherwise unusable pesticides. These unusable pesticides are then disposed of in an environmentally conscientious manner.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426

Urban Pesticide Program
ISDA reduces pesticide misuse and potential exposure to pesticide residues through inspections and education to ensure the proper use of pesticide products. The Urban Pesticide Program encourages the use of integrated pest management techniques (IPM) and alternative pest control measures to reduce pesticide use and potential exposure. The program focuses on public facilities such as schools, government buildings and recreational areas.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426

The ISDA regulates structures and facilities in which agricultural commodities are received for storage, shipment, processing, reconditioning and handling. The ISDA's annual inspection of licensed public warehouses includes suitability of storage facilities, review of financial statements and compliance with bonding requirements. This program also administers the Commodity Indemnity Fund which is supported by producer fees and provides protection to producers in the event of warehouse failure.

State: §§69-201 to 267
Federal: U.S. Warehouse Act

Water Quality - Agricultural Ground Water Quality Protection
ISDA is the lead agency in implementing the Agricultural Ground Water Quality Protection Program for Idaho adopted in 1996. The program works to identify agricultural ground water pollutants and develop coordinated response strategies.

State: §§39-120, 126, 127; §§ 22-3401 to 3426

Water Quality - CAFO Program
ISDA is the lead agency for regulating Dairy and Beef CAFOs.  ISDA hydrogeology staff conducts water quality evaluations related to facilities with potential water quality concerns and in response to complaints.

State:  §§39-120, 126, 127; §37- 403; §§22- 4901 to 4910

Water Quality - Idaho State Pesticide Management Plan
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

Water Implementation and Education Program
ISDA is the lead agency in implementing ground water protection and education components of the Agricultural Ground Water Quality Protection Program for Idaho adopted in 1996 and the Idaho Pesticide Laws and Rules.

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

Weather Modification
Any person, association, firm or corporation who intends to produce or assist in the production of artificial rainfall, must first register with the ISDA. A log of activities must also be filed with ISDA after all weather modification activities are completed.

State : §§22-3201 to 3202
Weighmaster Licensing
The Bureau of Weights and Measures licenses person acting as a public weighmaster. Each applicant shall furnish satisfactory evidence of good moral character, ability to weigh accurately and make correct weight tickets. Applicants must be 18 years old and have not had a weighmaster’s license previously revoked.

State: §§71-401 to 411
Weights & Measures Device Licensing
This program authorizes the ISDA to enforce accuracy, design and operating practices for all commercial weights and measures devices within the state to ensure uniformity and equity for the consumer and the business community. The ISDA also administers the provisions of the Oils Law. The Metrology Laboratory offers traceability to national standards for mass, length and volume.

State: §§71-108 to 411; §§37-2501 to 2520
West Nile Virus Task Force
ISDA worked in concert with the Department of Health and Welfare, Department of Fish and Game, Health Districts, Mosquito Abatement Districts, Association of Counties, University of Idaho Extension Service, and the Attorney General's representative to develop a plan to respond to the West Nile Virus within Idaho and the efforts to control the disease’s mosquito vectors.

Wind Velocity Restrictions
The ISDA is authorized to enforce rule prohibiting application of any pesticide in sustained wind conditions exceeding 10 miles per hour or in wind conditions exceeding product label directions.

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

Worker Protection Standard
The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is designed to protect agricultural workers and pesticide handlers from being exposed to agricultural pesticides. It covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses.

State: §§22-3401 to 3426
Federal: CFR 170

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