The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) was established as a separate state agency by the Legislature in 2005. The Director of ISDA is appointed by the Governor and is a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. Administratively, ISDA reports to the Lt. Governor, who also serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture. Major responsibilities include advocacy for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level, managing soil conservation programs, promoting economic development and agricultural innovation, serving as a regulatory ombudsman for agricultural businesses, and licensing grain firms throughout the state.
Vision & Mission
Indiana agriculture will be a global leader in innovation and commercialization for food, fuel and fiber production.
ISDA will support growth in Indiana agriculture by serving as an advocate at the local, state and federal level; defining and nurturing economic opportunity in the food, fuel and fiber sectors; and enhancing the stewardship of natural resources on agricultural land.
Strategies & Initiatives
ISDA resources are devoted to nine initiatives under three strategies:
Advocacy (Outreach, Regulatory Coordination and Policy Development Initiatives): Serve as an advocate for Indiana agriculture at the local, state and federal level.
Environmental Stewardship: Enhance the stewardship of natural resources on agricultural land in a manner that creates value-added opportunity for producers and assists agriculture stakeholders with current and future regulatory challenges.
Economic Opportunity (Hardwoods, Entrepreneurship, Livestock, International Trade and Bioenergy Initiatives): Define and nurture economic opportunity, including technology development, in the food, fuel and fiber sectors.
Facts on Indiana Agriculture
Indiana agriculture - By the numbers
$31.2 billion: Total value of sales for all Indiana agriculture-related products (estimated)
$11.2 billion: Total value of agriculture products sold in Indiana
Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in agricultural sales
$4.6 billion: Indiana’s agricultural exports
446 million: Number of pounds of shelled popcorn produced
14.7 million: Acres of farmland cultivated by Indiana's farming operations
1.1 million: Number of acres of cover crops planted in 2015
107,500: Jobs supported by Indiana agriculture
37,000: Number of acres of vegetables harvested for sale
57,500 Number of farming operations in Indiana
256: Average size of an Indiana farm (in acres)
97 percent: Indiana's farms are family-owned
83 percent: Land in Indiana that is farms, forests and woodland