If you've dealt with the Indiana Board of Animal Health and had occasion to visit their state office, for years you found them near I-465 on the west side of Indianapolis. Then last year they moved to a location on the east side of Indianapolis. Now they've moved again. This time they hope to stay put.
BOAH is one of three new tenants at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Also relocating there are the Marion County Extension Service, one of the largest county Extension offices in the state, and the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District. These agencies are in what's called Discovery Hall on the northwest side of the fairgrounds. The building was originally the Girls Dormitory for 4-H activities at the fair, was closed and remodeled and is now open again. Reports say the state fair retained a portion of the building for use with 4-H activities.
Denise Derrer, ag communications director for BOAH, who just recently completed their move, says it's a good opportunity for the agency. The location where they moved to from the west side wasn't conducive to their business operations.
Some 58 employees between the three agencies will now work on the fairgrounds each day. BOAH is the largest in terms of personnel, with 32 people now working from the state BOAH office. The Marion County Extension Office employs the second largest number of people.
While BOAH is located in Indianapolis, it continues to serve the entire state, Derrer emphasizes. Activities of BOAH range all the way form inspecting dairy farms and chees plants to inspecting meat plants, including small slaughtering operations. BOAH inspectors are now longer on site in every facility that they inspect every day, but are on site if meat is being processed that will be resold.Some facilities have adjusted to this changed by having clients bring in animals from which they will resell on certain says when the inspectors will be in the facility.