New York Commissioner of Agriculture

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New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $107,124,000
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  New York Constitution, Article V, Section 4
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Richard A. Ball
Assumed office:  2014
Compensation:  $120,800
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The New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets is an appointed state executive position in the New York state government.

The Commissioner oversees the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is responsible for promoting the agricultural industry, fostering environmental stewardship and ensuring a safe food supply.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Richard A. Ball. He was appointed to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 9, 2014.[2]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of commissioner of agriculture in Article V, Officers and Civil Departments.

Under Article V, Section 4:

The head of the department of agriculture and markets shall be appointed in a manner to be prescribed by law...

Qualifications

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Appointments

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The commissioner is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Vacancies

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Duties

The main duties of the Commissioner include:[3]

  • Execute and carry into effect the laws of the state and the rules of the department, relative to agriculture, horticulture, farm, fruit, and dairy products, aquaculture, and the production, processing, transportation, storage, marketing and distributing of food
  • Enforce and carry into effect the provisions of the laws of the state relative to weights and measures
  • Aid in the promotion and development of the agricultural resources of the state and the improvement of the conditions of rural life
  • Investigate the cost of food production and marketing in all its phases
  • Investigate the sources of food supply for the state, the production, transportation, storage, marketing and distribution of food sold, offered for sale, stored or held within the state, the cost of transportation to the leading centers of population and of distribution to consumers

Divisions

  • Agricultural Development
  • Animal Industry
  • Counsel's Office
  • Fiscal Management
  • Food Laboratory
  • Food Safety & Inspection
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Kosher Law Enforcement
  • Land and Water Resources
  • Milk Control and Dairy Services
  • Plant Industry
  • State Fair
  • Statistics
  • Weights & Measures Bureau[4]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture and Markets was $107,124,000 for the 2013 fiscal year.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2014

In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $120,800, according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

2013

In 2013, the New York Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $120,800. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2012

In 2012, the New York Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $120,800 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

There have been 26 New York Commissioners of Agriculture since 1884.[8]

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Contact information

New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
Phone: 518-457-3880 or 1-800-554-4501
Email: Online Contact Form

See also

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