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Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $39,656,357
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107
Selection Method:  Appointed by governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Don Brown
Assumed office:  February 17, 2015
Compensation:  $146,040
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The Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Colorado state government. The commissioner is the chief executive of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes Colorado's agriculture industry. It provides marketing assistance for state-grown agricultural goods, runs the Colorado State Fair and licenses a variety of agriculture and aquaculture production facilities. The commissioner is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Don Brown. He was appointed on January 30, 2015, to replace John Salazar following four years in the position. Brown owns a farm in Yuma County.[1]

Authority

The office of commissioner of agriculture is established by Colorado statute as the executive officer of the state department of agriculture.[2]

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107

(1) The commissioner of agriculture shall be the chief administrative officer of the department of agriculture and shall have direct control and management of its functions subject only to the powers and duties of the commission as prescribed in this article.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications required of the commissioner of agriculture.

Appointments

Colorado state government organizational chart

The commissioner is appointed by the governor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the state Senate. The commissioner serves at the governor's pleasure without any specific term length.[3]

Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107

The commissioner shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.

Term limits

There are no term limits for the office of agriculture commissioner.

Vacancies

There is no particular procedure for dealing with vacancies in the office of agriculture commissioner.

Duties

The commissioner acts as chief administrative officer of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes agriculture in the state. The department's duties include:

  • Recording and administering livestock brands; inspecting and verifying owner of livestock; inspecting and licensing packing plants, livestock sale rings, etc.
  • Making and enforcing regulations designed to limit the spread of livestock disease and protect animal health.
  • Running the Colorado State Fair, a yearly exposition of Colorado agricultural products.
  • Maintaining conservation programs designed to control pests, protect Colorado's environment from chemical runoff and contamination, and limit noxious weed growth.
  • Inspecting animal feed, fertilizer, other farm products, agricultural scales and measures, grain warehouses, and animal processors.
  • Marketing Colorado agricultural products in the U.S. and internationally.

Divisions

  • Animal Health
  • Brand Inspection
  • Colorado State Fair
  • Commissioner's Office
  • Conservation Services
  • Inspection and Consumer Services
  • Markets
  • Plant Industry[4]

State budget

See also: Colorado state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $39,656,357.[5]

Compensation

2014

In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $146,040, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $146,040, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

2010

In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $146,040, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

Click "show" for former officeholders.[9]

Recent news

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Contact info

Physical address:
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021

Phone: (303) 869-9000
Fax: (303) 466-8515

See also

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