Department of Agriculture

  • Agency: Department of Agriculture
  • Address: 635 Capitol St NE, Salem, 97301 OR
  • Chief:
Phone: 503-986-4550

Department of Agriculture is located at 635 Capitol St NE, Salem, 97301 OR. The Department of Agriculture phone number is 503-986-4550.

Department of Agriculture News

Join this webinar for a behind-the-scenes peek into research entomologist Dr. Gail Langellotto (OSU Department of Horticulture) latest findings in garden bee research!

Razor clamming has been opened from the Yachats River to the Umpqua River. The opening means razor clamming in Oregon is now open from the Columbia River to Cape Arago, which is located south of Coos Bay.

Tumalo Lavender is a 10 acre farm owned by Gordon and Judy Knight. Before deciding to become lavender farmers, they spent three years researching, investigating, and reading extensively about lavender. Read more about this beautiful farm outside of Bend—maybe you'll need to plan a visit!

Razor clamming is now open from the Columbia River to the mouth of the Yachats River and open from the south jetty of the Umpqua River to Cape Arago. For the most up-to-date info, call the Shellfish Safety Hotline: (800) 448-2474 or visit

The Farmers Market season is off and running, but it’s not too late to learn how to get your product to market. “Field to Market Essentials” workshop May 30: 1 to 4 pm OSU Extension Service – St. Helens, OR

It’s official – Oregon has done it again with back to back U.S. Dairy Sustainability Awards! Congratulations to the the Tillamook County Creamery Association. They do more than provide jobs and delicious dairy products, they also contribute to the community through donations and volunteer work.

If you needed a reason to mow your lawn less often, helping pollinators is a good one. A recent paper suggests the "lazy lawnmower" helps bees most! OSU Research reviews a study on the connection between lawn mowing frequency and bee abundance and diversity.

Taking online shopping to a maximum level—Hema Grocery allows customers to buy online and have fresh products delivered to their home (if you live in China). In this video you see Hema store employees picking orders and putting bags on a conveyor, which takes bags to delivery drivers. The orders are delivered to customers within 30 minutes. The store is own by Alibaba, the largest eCommerce company in China and the world.

Friday is the deadline: Apply to serve on one of Oregon’s 23 commodity commissions! Growers, ranchers, packers, processors who have paid/collected the assessment for 3-5 years qualify. PLUS, there are 9 commissions that need a public member! List of openings & applications online:

The Oregon delegation in China includes 14 different companies and groups! Director Alexis Taylor captured photos with four of the Oregon companies at the SIAL CHINA food show. Froozer frozen snacks were a huge hit where the temperature outside reached 98 degrees! Northwest Hazelnut Company, Meduri Farms, and Cosmos Creations also drew crowds.

The SIAL CHINA Food Show has grown to be the largest food and beverage show in Asia and 4th largest in the world! This means it's an excellent opportunity for the Oregon delegation to meet buyers and get products from our state to China. The day was kicked off with the opening of the USA Pavillion with USDA Under Secretary Ted McKinney, Minister Counselor for Agriculture Bruce Zanin, Consul General Sean Stein, Tabbitha Jones from USDA in DC, and Shanghai ATO Director Ryan Scott.

Chinese consumers not only want to learn more about how to use US beef in their regular dishes, but are interested in how Americans enjoy beef! At the RT Mart store, the US Meat Export Federation had an in-store demo and tasting going on. At Peter’s Kitchen, Beef Bar, chefs cooked US steaks for customers.

Meanwhile in Shanghai...the Oregon delegation attended a reception to celebrate the partnership between Oregon and China! Attendees were welcomed by Deputy Director of Shanghai ATO, Tyler Babcock, followed by a welcome speech from ODA Director Taylor. The Oregon delegation joined Alexis and on stage to propose a toast!

This week is Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week! #KnowItBeforeYouGrowIt Spring is a busy season for plant swaps and plant sales. Before you buy, check the common name and scientific name to make sure it is not on ODA’s noxious weed list. We make it easy by posting a list of noxious weeds online complete with pictures:

Learning continues as the Oregon delegation toured two very different supermarket stores to understand the retail sector and a bakery to see the changing foodservice sector. Tomorrow OSU's Food Innovation Center, Portland Oregon Director Dr. Dave Stone and Sensory Program Director Ann Colonna will give a seminar at the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University (上海交通大学徐汇校区). The seminar will highlight the research and services of the FIC to support food and beverage industries. SIAL CHINA (Asia's largest food and beverage show) starts on Wednesday and the Director’s Trade Mission delegation will for the opening ceremony in the USA Pavilion.

The Oregon delegation made it to Shanghai where the USDA Ag Minister-Counselor from Beijing welcomed the group, including Agricultural Trade Office Directors from across China. The delegation learned about the trends in each region as well as how to be competitive. China is the 4th largest market for Oregon agriculture exports and is a very important trade partner for many food and agricultural industries in Oregon.

We love Oregon agriculture!! And we hope you do too. ODA's public servants are striving to serve Oregonians, because agriculture is part of all of our lives. Kathryn Walker is the special assistant to the director and the reason she serves also reminds us of a reason to celebrate! Thanks for joining us for Public Service Recognition Week! 🍒 🌻🐄 🙌 #PSRW

Public servants like Heather Rickenbach in ODA's Agricultural Water Quality Program help hardworking farmers grow the amazing crops we know and love. By caring for our natural resources we all build a better future for Oregon. Heather reinforces that message—she serves because, "I want to protect Oregon's natural resources and help Oregon's people." 💧🌞 🌳 #PSRW

Today is the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger​ food drive!! Leave non-perishable food items in a bag or box at your mailbox.

Some of you know all about invasive species (I'm looking at you Japanese beetles 👀) and if you don't, you should!! There is a team of people at ODA working REALLY hard to keep all kinds of invasive species out of Oregon in order to protect our food, forests, gardens, and much more. Chris Hedstrom, an entomologist, is one of those people—he reminds us that "invasive species affect all Oregonians." 🐌 🌿 🍂 👍 #PSRW

This week the ODA staff working in organic certification started a 2-week intensive training on processing & crop standards with the International Organic Inspectors Association - IOIA. Held for the first time in Oregon the training will also include Washington State Department of Agriculture & Oregon Tilth inspectors. #PSRW

Last year, Oregon shipped about $300 million worth of food products, like hazelnuts, to China. It's the 4th largest international market for Oregon goods, and ODA Director Alexis Taylor says we need to keep that relationship strong. She'll be leading a trade mission to Shanghai this weekend with about a dozen Oregon growers representing a variety of products from berries to beef.

ODA employees care about the work they do and we all see the fruits of their labors in our everyday lives! Reid Watkins is a certification specialist, working with farms and food processors who see certification (like organic) as a way demonstrate their commitment to recognized standards. During Public Service Recognition Week, Reid shares that he serves because, "My family eats Oregon ag products!" We can all get on board with that! 🥗 😁 #PSRW