About ISDA

As Idaho's strongest industry, agriculture is a way of life for communities across our state. The Idaho State Department of Agriculture was established in 1919 to serve and regulate this cornerstone industry. We oversee more than 60 sections of Idaho Code, and the agency is structured to efficiently implement our statutory duties. The ISDA is divided into the Director’s Office, six divisions and one bureau.

Director's Office

Director Celia Gould
Oversees ISDA's mission across the entire agency as well. Rulemaking, legislative coordination, public affairs, and FSMA are implemented by the Director’s Office as well.



Administrator Kelly Nielsen
Provides support to the entire ISDA and houses HR, IT, building maintenance and financial services. 

Agricultural Inspections

Administrator Cindy Stark
Conducts fresh fruit and vegetable inspection and grading as well as implements weights and measures, warehouse, and organic programs.

Agricultural Resources

Administrator Robert Gregory
Primarily responsible for programs related to pesticides and chemigation. Includes pesticide registration and pesticide compliance as well as field services.


Animal Industries

Dr. Bill Barton, Administrator & State Veterinarian
Regulates and monitors the health of Idaho livestock. Includes dairy inspection (for both dairy farms and processing plants); range program; animal health; CAFO inspections; as well as domestic cervidae and other programs.


Bureau of Laboratories

Bureau Chief Dan Salmi
The Bureau of Laboratories consists of 6 labs: Animal, Dairy, Plant Pathology and Seed Labs as well as two chemistry labs located on the campus of CSI in Twin Falls.


Market Development

Bureau Chief Laura Johnson

Implements ISDA's international and domestic marketing and promotional efforts. Also includes the Idaho Preferred Program and also helps oversee Idaho international trade offices.


Plant Industries

Administrator Lloyd Knight

Oversees the ISDA’s programs related to plant inspection for disease and pest mitigation and surveillance. The division also implements the noxious weed and invasive species programs as well as the feed and fertilizer programs.