Missouri Director of Agriculture
|Missouri Director of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$40,642,234|
|Length of term:||Serves at the governor's pleasure|
|Authority:||Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section 35, the Executive Department|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor with the consent of the state senate|
|Other Missouri Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Director • Public Service Commission|
The director serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, which was established in 1933. The Department sets agriculture policy, assists farmers, and regulates the industry.
The mission statement of the department is "To serve, promote, and protect the agricultural producers, processors, and consumers of Missouri’s food, fuel, and fiber products."
The current officeholder is Richard Fordyce, who was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2013. Fordyce follows Harry Bozoian, who was appointed on Oc. 11, 2013 to replace fired previous officeholder Jon Hagler.
Under Article IV, Section 35:
The department of agriculture shall be in charge of a director appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate...
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The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state. Its duties include consumer protection, public health roles, environmental advocacy, agricultural marketing, public information and awareness, and promoting new technology and new uses for Missouri’s agricultural goods.
The Department of Agriculture is composed of the following divisions:
- Office of the Director
- Agriculture Business Development
- Animal Health
- Grain Inspection & Warehousing
- Plant Industries
- Weights & Measures
The Department of Agriculture's budget for 2012-2013 was $40,642,234.
Article IV, Section 21 of the state Constitution addresses compensation of executive officials:
Under Article IV, Section 21:
The officers named in this article shall receive for their services salaries fixed by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their terms.
In 2013, the director's salary remained at $120,000.
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Missouri Department of Agriculture
PO Box 630
1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
- Governor: Jay Nixon (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Peter D. Kinder (R)
- Attorney General: Chris Koster (D)
- Auditor of State: Thomas Schweich (R)
- Secretary of State: Jason Kander (D)
- Secretary of Agriculture: Richard Fordyce
- Treasurer of State: Clint Zweifel (D)
- Missouri Department of Agriculture, "About MDA," accessed October 1, 2011
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "Hagler replaced as director Mo. agriculture agency," October 11, 2013
- Missouri Department of Agriculture, "Director of Agriculture," January 24, 2014
- Missouri Department of Agriculture, About MDA
- Missouri 96th General Assembly, "House bill No. 2006," accessed July 5, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014
- The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," accessed June 21, 2011