New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture
|New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$19,776,000|
|Authority:||New Jersey State Statutes, Title 4, Section 1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the New Jersey Board of Agriculture|
|Assumed office:||February 10, 2009|
|Other New Jersey Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Comptroller• Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of Environmental Protection • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Board|
The Department of Agriculture is responsible for supporting production agriculture as well as managing school food programs, distributing surplus federal food, conserving soil and water resources, protecting farmland, and expanding export markets.
The Department of Agriculture and the office of Secretary are established by Title 4, Section 1 of the New Jersey State Statutes:
The Department of Agriculture, hereinafter in this chapter referred to as the "department," created and established by the act entitled "An act to establish a department of agriculture, and to prescribe its powers and duties," passed March twenty-ninth, one thousand nine hundred and sixteen (L.1916, c. 268, p. 561), together with its amendments and supplements, is continued and is hereby constituted a principal department in the executive branch of the State Government...
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The Secretary of Agriculture is nominated by the New Jersey Board of Agriculture and approved by the Governor.
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The New Jersey Department of agriculture's major function is to promote, protect and serve New Jersey's agriculture and agribusiness industries. In addition, it manages the programs that do the following:
- feed schoolchildren,
- distribute surplus federal foods to soup kitchens and pantries that serve our needy citizens,
- conserve precious soil and water resources,
- protect farmland from development and preserve it for future agricultural use,
- expand export markets for fresh and processed agricultural products, and promote our commercial fishing industry, and,
- administer the complete program of agriculture, food and natural resource education,which includes the State FFA Association
The department is made up of the following five division:
- Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Division of Animal Health
- Division of Food and Nutrition
- Division of Marketing and Development
- Division of Plant Industry
- See also: New Jersey state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013 was $19,776,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The salaries of state executive officials are determined by the New Jersey State Legislature. State executive officers, along with judicial and legislative officials, have not received salary increases since 2002. A seven-member salary commission determined annual pay for state officials from its creation in 1999 until legislators eliminated the commission in 2014. All cabinet officials under the governor's office receive annual salaries of $141,000 as legislators have not approved pay increases since the commission's elimination.
In 2013, the secretary's salary remained at $141,000.
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New Jersey Department of Agriculture
Post Office Box 330
Trenton, NJ 08625
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