Delaware Secretary of Agriculture
|Delaware Secretary of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$16,564,000|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Delaware Code, 29-81-8102|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Assumed office:||January 22, 2011|
|Other Delaware Executive Offices|
|Governor•Lieutenant Governor•Secretary of State•Attorney General•Treasurer•Auditor•Secretary of Education•Agriculture Secretary•Insurance Commissioner•Natural Resources Secretary•Labor Secretary•Public Service Commission|
The current secretary is Ed Kee, who assumed office on January 22, 2011, following his appointment by Governor Jack Markell. As secretaries of agriculture serve at the governor's pleasure, Kee is not subject to periodic reappointment.
Before becoming secretary, Kee was director of agriculture for Hanover Foods Corporation. From 2004 to 2008, he was extension agricultural program leader for the University of Delaware; he also served as the university's Kent County agricultural agent and its state vegetable crops specialist. Kee holds a B.S. and M.S. in Agriculture from the University of Delaware, as well as an M.A. in Liberal Studies. He and his wife, Debbie, have two daughters and reside near Lincoln City, DE.
The office of secretary of agriculture is established by state law.
Delaware Code, 29-81-8102
|(a) The administrator and head of the Department shall be the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, who shall be a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office.|
State law requires the secretary to be "a person qualified by training and experience to perform the duties of the office," but does not give specific guidance as to what that training or experience is.
Delaware Code, 29-81-8102
|The Secretary shall be appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.|
There are no term limits for the office of secretary of agriculture.
The secretary is the administrative head of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes Delaware agricultural produce. It inspects agricultural goods and production facilities to promote health and safety, provides marketing assistance to the state's farmers, manages state forests and sets standards for weights and measures. Additionally, the department produces statistics and analysis of the state's agriculture market and regulates horse racing in Delaware.
- Delaware Standardbred Breeders' Fund
- Feed and Fertilizer Compliance
- Food Products Inspection
- Forest Service
- Harness Racing Commission
- Information & Education
- Land Use Planning and Preservation
- Nutrient Management
- Plant Industries
- Poultry & Animal Health
- Thoroughbred Racing Commission
- Weights and Measures
The budget for the State Department of Agriculture in the Fiscal Year 2013 was $16,564,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The secretary's compensation is set by law.
In 2010, the secretary received compensation in the amount of $112,660.
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Office of the Secretary
Secretary Ed Kee
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Tel: (302) 698-4500
Tel: (800) 282-8685 (Toll-Free in Delaware Only)
- Governor: Jack Markell (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Matthew Denn (D)
- Attorney General: Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III (D)
- Auditor of State: R. Thomas Wagner, Jr. (R)
- Secretary of State: Jeffrey W. Bullock (D)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Ed Kee
- Treasurer of State: Chipman "Chip" Flowers, Jr. (D)
- Delaware Code, "29-81-8102," accessed August 11, 2011
- Delaware Office of Management and Budget," Budget Development, Planning and Administration - Fiscal Year 2013 Operating and Capital Budget Information," accessed May 28, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed November 14, 2014
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed August 10, 2011