The North Dakota Department of Agriculture fosters the long-term well-being of North Dakota by promoting a healthy economic, environmental and social climate for agriculture and the rural community through leadership, advocacy, education, regulation and other services. To carry out its mandate, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture is committed to the following responsibilities:
• Serving as an advocate for family farmers and ranchers and for the rural community.
• Providing services that ensure safe, high-quality and marketable agricultural products.
• Developing and expanding markets for agricultural commodities and value-added products.
• Reducing the risk of financial loss to agricultural producers and to buyers and sellers of agricultural commodities.
• Safeguarding livestock and other domestic animals from communicable diseases.
• Ensuring compliance with laws administered by the Department of Agriculture through understandable regulations, information, education and even-handed enforcement.
• Ensuring human safety and a healthy environment through proper use of pesticides.
• Verifying the contents of pesticides, fertilizers, soil conditioners, animal feeds and veterinary medicines.
• Reducing agricultural losses from noxious weeds, predatory animals, insects and diseases.
• Gathering and disseminating information concerning agriculture to the general public.
• Providing fair and timely dispute resolution services to agricultural producers, creditors and others.