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The legal section and the assistant attorney general work with department administrators to take appropriate legal action against those who do not comply with Ohio's agricultural laws and regulations and work with the director and division chiefs in formulating new and changing regulations.
The legal section cannot provide legal advice, or a legal opinion regarding your situation. When possible, we will refer you to the law that may be pertinent to your inquiry. However, the legal section represents the Department of Agriculture and it would be a conflict of interest for staff to provide you specific advice or opinion.
The Office of Legislative Affairs helps the Ohio General Assembly keep up to date with the state's dynamic agriculture and food industry. The office works with consumer groups, industry representatives, and legislators to help with needed legislation.
Administrative Hearing Manual
The Office of the Chief Legal Counsel has recently implemented an Administrative Hearing Manual which governs the administrative hearings conducted under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 119. This Manual is addresses how administrative hearings are conducted at the Ohio Department of Agriculture and is an excellent resource if you have questions on how the process works.
The Manual is available for download here.