Boys State Department of Food and Agriculture

 

Overview

The Boys State Department of Food and Agriculture provides Boys State citizens with quality services and information by working cooperatively with many, state, federal and local agencies.  The BSDFA works to implementation and regulation pertaining to the production, handling and distribution of food and agricultural products. The department also promotes food and agriculture interests in Boys State and fosters direct trading and marketing between producers and consumers. The BSDFA is a part of the Executive Branch of the Boys State government. Its Secretary is part of the governor?s cabinet. It is the fourth largest department of the seven Executive Departments under the Executive Branch of the Boys State government.

 

Mission Statement

To serve, promote and protect the food, agricultural, environmental and economic interests of the people of Boys State.?

 

Departments / Agencies

Food:

  • Dairy Product Assurance and Regulation Agency: Through the efforts of the Dairy Section, Boys State consumers are assured the safest and most wholesome milk supply available in the world. Boys State dairy farmers produce about 5.5 billion pounds of milk annually, ranking the state eighth in the nation for milk production. By inspecting Boys State's 3,221 Grade A and 401 manufacturing Grade milk producing farms on a regular basis, 20 Dairy Section inspectors insure that all fluid milk for bottling in the state meets stringent standards. In addition, cheese factories, butter plants and ice cream facilities are checked for sanitation. Over 5,600 samples of dairy products are analyzed each year at the department's laboratory to assure that standards are met. The Dairy Section also protects the public from false labeling of dairy products so consumers can buy with confidence.
  • Food Establishments Regulation Agency:  Fifty food inspectors are responsible for inspecting the state's diversified food establishments, which include bakeries and breweries, groceries and grain mills, fruit processors and water bottlers. Over 21,000 establishments are licensed yearly. Inspectors investigate over 1,600 complaints annually and, in 1999, they seized and supervised the disposition of $6.25 million worth of food that violated food safety standards.
  • Food Safety Department: Created by the BSFA, this coalition is a partnership among government agencies, private industry, trade associations, consumers and Boys State University to address current and emerging food safety policy issues.
  • Food Service Oversight Agency: oversees food service sanitation programs for 37,000 establishments throughout the state, such as restaurants, cafeterias, temporary food vendors and commissaries.

 

Agriculture:

  • Department of Agricultural Development: The Agriculture Development Division (ADD) brings connection and focus to assorted agricultural economic development programs. The primary goal is to strengthen the family farm and enhance opportunities for the food and agriculture industry, especially in rural Boys State.
  • Animal Industry Department: BSFA's Animal Industry Division (AID) protects the public health and the health of domestic animals, livestock and pets. The State Veterinarian is responsible for overall livestock and poultry disease programs and toxic substance contamination concerns as they relate to animal health. The division also works on the eradication of animal diseases, which in turn helps provide for the importation and exportation of healthy livestock. These provisions have a significant impact on human health and welfare through the protection of the food supply. Some of the diseases that threaten Boys State livestock are tuberculosis (TB), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA), Pseudorabies, rabies, and various toxicities.
  • Fairs and Exhibits Department: More than 5 million people visit Boys State's fairs annually, and thousands of volunteers contribute to the success of these events. The Fairs, Exhibitions and Racing Division (FERD) supports and enhances Boys State's state, county and local fairs, some of which feature horse racing, through education and incentive programs.
  • Pesticides and Plant Management Agency: The Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division (PPPMD) is responsible for the implementation of programs and enforcement of laws concerning agricultural products, export commodities, pesticide sale and use, pest management and groundwater protection. The Pesticide Advisory Council is supported by the Environmental Protection Act 324.8326 and by the Boys State Department of Agriculture. The Committee has 14 seats of various representations from the agriculture, pesticide and public health industries. The mandate involves a critique of the information available concerning pesticide use and misuse, a proactive stance regarding possible contamination sites and incidents, a review of the various training programs available and publication of an annual report that includes all recommendations made.