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The Agriculture Commissioner is a state level position in all 50 states. The duties of the position vary from state to state, but the general role is to oversee regulation of various facets of the agriculture industry as well as the promotion of state agribusiness.
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List of Current Agriculture Commissioners
Elected vs. appointed
As it currently stands, there are only two ways in which an individual is able to be selected to assume the role of State Agriculture Commissioner - by either being publicly elected by the people of the state through the primary/general election processes, or by being appointed by the governor.
While the vast majority of the states that do have the statewide governmental position authorize the governor to appoint an individual to the office, there are at least twelve others who have opted to have public voters select the office holders. These states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia.
The current party breakdown of State Agriculture Commissioners based on whether they are elected by the general public or appointed by the governor of an individual state shows that:
- The 11 states in which Republicans have been elected to the statewide position include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Texas.
- West Virginia is the only state in which a Democrat has been selected by the people as office holder.
- Governors in the other 38 states are authorized to appoint individuals as Agriculture Commissioners.
- 21 are Democrats. These states include Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wyoming.
- The other 17 are Republican appointees. These states include Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
- Main article: State executive official elections, 2014
Seven states will hold regularly scheduled agriculture commissioner elections in the 2014 electoral cycle:
- Main article: State executive official elections, 2012
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term Agriculture + Commissioner + State
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Agriculture commissioner hopeful Sid Miller accused of mishandling horses - Dallas Morning News
- Merritt makes bid for state ag commissioner official - Longview News-Journal
- Georgia agriculture experiencing exciting times, commissioner says - Gainesville Times
- Republican candidates for agriculture commissioner officially file - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Former state representative from Stephenville files for agriculture commissioner - ReporterNews.com
- Gloves off in Texas agriculture commissioner race after accusation that ... - Dallas Morning News (blog)
- Former Longview rep formally announces bid for agriculture commissioner - San Antonio Express (blog)
- Georgia Ag commissioner wants Vidalia suit thrown out - The Packer
- Greg Clark in line to become Napa's next ag commissioner - Napa Valley Register
- W.Va. agricultural commissioner wants department to oversee deer meat, farms - The Republic
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