Public Accountability Report Public Accountability Report

Department of Agriculture
(Appropriated Spending in Thousands)
  FY 2018 FY 2017
Reporting Programs Expenditures Headcount Expenditures Headcount
Fairs and Horse Racing $ 36,215.9 14.0 $ 20,670.4 14.7
Meat Inspection $ 13,146.4 105.0 $ 9,497.8 96.5
Environmental Programs $ 7,747.9 46.0 $ 7,921.9 46.7
Land and Water Resources $ 6,305.8 8.0 $ 6,374.7 8.7
Weights and Measures $ 5,396.3 38.1 $ 5,618.8 38.9
Warehouses $ 5,260.9 12.0 $ 1,318.1 12.3
Marketing $ 3,803.4 13.0 $ 3,021.8 13.8
Agriculture Products Inspection $ 2,947.2 23.8 $ 2,941.7 23.8
Animal Health $ 2,814.3 14.0 $ 989.0 11.0
Egg Inspection $ 963.0 7.0 $ 977.3 5.5
Animal Welfare $ 893.1 0.0 $ 897.6 11.1
Animal Disease Laboratory $ 282.5 0.0 $ 404.9 4.2
Non-Reporting Programs
Interfund Transfers and Pass-Throughs  $ 23,443.9 N/A $ 13,775.9 N/A
Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program  $ 1,418.8 10.0 $ 1,441.4 N/A
Totals $ 110,639.4 290.9 $ 75,851.3 287.2

Totals may not add due to rounding.

Agency Narrative
The Illinois Department of Agriculture’s (IDOA) programs focus on the regulation and promotion of the Illinois agriculture industry. Through rigorous monitoring and regular oversight, agency staff ensures the safety of the state’s food and agriculture industry, protecting both producers and consumers. Major tasks include protecting individuals from mislabeled, contaminated, or diseased agricultural commodities; preserving the state’s natural resources while at the same time protecting productive agricultural land; monitoring the safety of the food supply; and performing inspections to safeguard consumers. IDOA promotes the agricultural industry through the agency’s Bureau of Marketing and Promotion, which is charged with providing domestic and international marketing assistance to both established and fledgling Illinois food and agribusiness companies. The Bureau facilitates reverse trade missions for foreign livestock and grain buyers; sponsors domestic and international trade activities to spur sales of Illinois products; and partners with field-to-table advocates in an effort to increase the production and distribution of fresh, locally grown foods. The Department of Agriculture also oversees both the Illinois and DuQuoin State Fairs and manages non-fair events held on the two state fairgrounds. These non-fair events help generate additional revenue for the agency. Management at the Department of Agriculture continues to improve the agency’s operating efficiency by further streamlining regulations and by working to make more information available electronically. Homeland security and emergency preparedness are critical focuses of the agency as well. Safeguarding Illinois’ agricultural resources is a statewide priority and the Department is one of several state agencies involved with the State’s Emergency Operations Center. The Interfund Transfers and Pass-Through component relates to those entities outside the Illinois Department of Agriculture that receive funding through the Department’s budget. Program expenditures and headcount numbers contain an apportioned amount for the Department’s administrative headcount and costs, which directly support program activities.