Department of Agriculture
Department overview
Department executive
  • Dorothy Pelanda, Director

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is the administrative department of the Ohio state government[1] responsible for ensuring the safety of the food supply, to maintain the health of animals and plant life, to create economic opportunities for farmers, food processors and agribusinesses,[2] and to inspect amusement park rides in the state of Ohio.


Already rumoured in 2008[3][4] and initiated in 2009, the ODA was sued by the International Dairy Foods Association, which "is a trade organization whose collective membership consists of an estimated 85 percent of the milk, cultured-products, cheese, and frozen-desserts producers in the United States" to overturn a "regulation designed to curb the allegedly misleading labeling of dairy products" which were produced by cows injected with "genetically engineered hormone called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST), also known as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH)." The head of the ODA at the time was Robert Boggs. The ODA finally in September 2010 lost the case in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the "allegedly misleading labeling" was allowed to continue unabated.[5] A professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University named Marion Nestle wrote in The Atlantic with questions about Ohio's will to regulate and whether it planned to settle the matter in the United States Supreme Court.[6]


  1. ^ Ohio Rev. Code § 121.01 et seq.
  2. ^ "Ohio Department of Agriculture". Ohio Department of Agriculture. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Ohio again modifies dairy labeling rule".
  4. ^ Endres, A. Bryan (2008). "United States Food Law Update: Consumer Protections and Access to Information: rBST, BPA, the ADA and Color Additives". Journal of Food Law & Policy. 4 (2).
  5. ^ GILMAN, RONALD LEE (30 September 2010). "INTERNATIONAL DAIRY FOODS ASSOCIATION (09-3515); ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION (09-3526), Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. ROBERT J. BOGGS, in his official capacity as Ohio Director of Agriculture, Defendant-Appellee" (PDF). UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT.
  6. ^ NESTLE, MARION (5 October 2010). "Milk Labeling Fight: Headed to the Supreme Court?". The Atlantic Monthly Group.