NDA Division of Animal Industry welcomes new Administrator


Ciara Ressel
Public Information Officer
SPARKS, Nev. - August 04, 2023

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) has selected Chad Sestanovich as the new Administrator for the Division of Animal Industry. Administrator Sestanovich come to the NDA with more than 30 years of experience in different areas of animal industry.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Chad’s background, knowledge and skill to oversee the Division of Animal Industry and I look forward to the leadership he will bring to this position,” said NDA Director J.J. Goicoechea.

Administrator Sestanovich received his Associate of Applied Science in Animal Science from the College of Southern Idaho and an Associate of Science, Veterinary Technician degree from Truckee Meadows Community College. He has spent his life working in all aspects of agriculture, including everything from animal disease to livestock identification. Administrator Sestanovich was first involved in the animal industry as a ranch hand on his family’s hay and cattle ranch in Nevada. He spent eight years as a Veterinary Technician, and most recently was assistant ranch manager at Mori Ranches.

Administrator Sestanovich will be based in the Elko office and make his home in eastern Nevada with his wife and two daughters.

About the Nevada Department of Agriculture

The Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDA) mission is to preserve, protect and promote Nevada’s agriculture. The department has 225 dedicated employees providing services in its five divisions, Administrative Services, Animal Industry, Measurement Standards, Food and Nutrition, and Plant Health and Compliance. The department’s $288 million budget facilitates regulatory and administrative work in agriculture and food manufacturing industries, protecting public and environmental health and worker safety, and providing food distribution and oversight for the United States Department of Agriculture’s school and community nutrition programs.