New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture

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New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $19,776,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  New Jersey State Statutes, Title 4, Section 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by the New Jersey Board of Agriculture
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Doug Fisher
Assumed office:  February 10, 2009
Compensation:  $141,000
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The New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture is the executive officer of the Department of Agriculture, Secretary of the state board of agriculture and member of the Governor's Cabinet.

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.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Douglas Fisher. He was appointed by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009.[2]

Authority

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...

Qualifications

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Appointments

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The Secretary of Agriculture is nominated by the New Jersey Board of Agriculture and approved by the Governor.

Vacancies

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Duties

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:[3]

  • 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

Divisions

The department is made up of the following five division:[4]

  • Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Division of Animal Health
  • Division of Food and Nutrition
  • Division of Marketing and Development
  • Division of Plant Industry

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013 was $19,776,000.[5]

Compensation

2013

In 2013, the secretary's salary remained at $141,000.[6]

2010

In 2010, the New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture was paid an estimated $141,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

New Jersey

New Jersey Department of Agriculture
Post Office Box 330
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-292-3976
Fax: 609-292-3978

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