Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture
|Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$70,014,113|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Arkansas Code, Title 25, Chapter 38, Section 202|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Arkansas Agriculture Board|
|Assumed office:||June 30, 2012|
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The office of secretary is authorized by Arkansas statute.
Arkansas Code, Title 25, Chapter 38, Section 202
| (a) There is created the Arkansas Agriculture Department.
(b)(1) The executive head of the department shall be the Secretary of the Arkansas Agriculture Department.
The Arkansas Constitution requires all elected or appointed officeholders to be an elector. That is, they must fulfill the state's voter registration requirements -- being a U.S. citizen, a resident of Arkansas, at least 18 years old. Felons and citizens judged to be mentally incompetent by a court are also ineligible to vote and, by extension, to hold office.
Other requirements to complete a voter registration form -- essentially, qualifications to be an elector -- are given by Amendment 59, Section 6 of the constitution.
Incumbents may not hold any other state, federal, or civil office, and may not have ever been convicted of "embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery, or other infamous crime."
No persons shall be elected to, or appointed to fill a vacancy in, any office who does not possess the qualifications of an elector.
No person hereafter convicted of embezzlement of public money, bribery, forgery or other infamous crime, shall be eligible to the General Assembly or capable of holding any office of trust or profit in this State.
Constitution of Arkansas, Amendment 51, Section 6
(6) The mail voter registration application form shall include the following questions along with
boxes for the applicant to check "yes" or "no" in response:
Secretaries of agriculture are appointed by the Arkansas Agriculture Board, which is composed of gubernatorial appointees, people nominated by agencies within the Agriculture Department, and several ex officio members like the University of Arkansas's Vice President of Agriculture. Appointees to the office of secretary of agriculture require gubernatorial approval and serve at the pleasure of the governor.
Arkansas Code, Title 25, Chapter 38, Section 202
|The secretary shall be selected by the Arkansas Agriculture Board, and the name shall be submitted to the Governor for confirmation. The secretary shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.|
There are no term limits associated with the office of secretary of agriculture.
State law does not provide for any particular procedure to deal with vacancies.
The Arkansas Agriculture Department, under the supervision of the secretary, is directed by law to "coordinate ... programs ... that will enhance the marketing of the state's agricultural products," and "establish a clearinghouse for ... information and data concerning needs of and resources for agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, forestry, and kindred industries." It is also charged with encouraging agricultural clubs and associations with the state and coordinating with programs run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the departments of other states.
The Agriculture Department also establishes regulations covering a variety of agriculture products and their cultivation. It has the authority to establish "burn bans" in forests at risk of fire, regulates seed dealers in the state, monitors the use of pesticides and licenses a variety of agricultural services providers, among other things. It also develops programs to verify the quality of various agricultural services firms, such as cow/calf producers, and to prevent invasive diseases in the state's plants and animals.
Additionally, the department provides educational resources for citizens, e.g. guides to invasive plant species, timber management, and livestock disease, and runs the state's land surveying program.
The department of agriculture includes the following divisions: 
- Arkansas Forestry Commission
- Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission
- Arkansas State Plant Board
- Arkansas Aquaculture Division
- State Land Surveyor
The budget for the Arkansas Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2012 was $70,014,113.
As the secretary is not a part of the state's executive department, his or her salary is determined by the state's Office of Personnel and Management. The OPM has classified the secretary under class code "U072U" for the purposes of determining compensation.
In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $102,784.
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1 Natural Resources Drive
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 683-4851
Fax: (501) 683-4852
- Governor: Mike Beebe (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Vacant
- Attorney General: Dustin McDaniel (D)
- Auditor of State: Charlie Daniels (D)
- Secretary of State: Mark Martin (R)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Butch Calhoun
- Treasurer of State: Charles Robinson (D)
- Arkansas Agriculture Department, "About the Department," accessed June 21, 2011.
- Talk Business "Butch Calhoun To Lead Arkansas Agriculture Department" Accessed September 20, 2012
- Arkansas Code, "Title 25, Chapter 38, Section 202," accessed June 21, 2011.
- Arkansas Code, "Title 25, Chapter 38, Section 203," accessed June 21, 2011.
- Arkansas Agriculture Department, "Agencies and Divisions," accessed June 21, 2011.
- Arkansas Agriculture Department, " Agencies and Divisions," accessed June 19, 2013
- Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, "State of Arkansas Funded Budget - Fiscal Year 2012," accessed May 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014.
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010, Table 4.11," accessed May 20, 2011.