North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture
|North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2011-2013 FY Budget:||$22,997,997|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 2|
|Assumed office:||April 2009|
|Next election:||November 6, 2018|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
|Other North Dakota Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission • Tax Commissioner|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The current officeholder is Doug Goehring (R). He was appointed in April 2009 to fill a vacancy, and was subsequently elected to a full, four-year term in 2010. Goehring was re-elected on November 4, 2014.
The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...
Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of agriculture commissioner:
|To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.|
- qualified North Dakota voter
- at least 25 years old
- a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years
Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the state Senate. Once confirmed, the individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.
Agriculture is one of North Dakota's leading industries, and the commissioner is responsible for ensuring the safety of people, animals, and plants across the state. The primary duties of the office are:
- protect livestock and other domestic animals from disease
- inspect farms and processing plants
- regulate pesticide production, use and disposal
- provide mediation services to farmers
- certify the state's commodities
- work with local jurisdictions on crop control
The North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture is popularly elected every four years, in midterm election years. For North Dakota, 2018, 2022 and 2026 are all agriculture commissioner election years. The term of office is four years.
|North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner, 2014|
|Republican||Doug Goehring Incumbent||57%||139,597|
|Election Results via North Dakota Secretary of State.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 2000 for the office of North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, Click [show] to expand the section.
- The Agricultural Mediation Service offers assistance to financially distressed farmers and ranchers with personalized help in negotiating credit and financial disputes.
- The Business Development Division provides education, marketing and management services to farmers, on-farm businesses, youth, and agriculture-related industries.
- The Livestock Division licenses livestock dealers and livestock auction markets in order to protect livestock producers.
- The Pesticides Division regulates the proper use, registration, distributions, sale and storage of pesticides within the state.
- The Plant Division regulates crop production, nurseries and import and export certifications.
- The North Dakota Board of Animal Health is composed of representatives from each of the state's major livestock groups and chaired by the state veterinarian. The board is responsible for the controlling, preventing and eradicating diseases in all animals within the state, including pets.
- See also: North Dakota state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $22,997,997.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture is legally entitled to an annual salary in accordance with Title 4 of the North Dakota Century Code. Taking into account value adjustments, the statute contains compensation figures for the previous and current year only.
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North Dakota Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard, Dept 602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
Toll free: 1-800-242-7535
- North Dakota Secretary of State, "2014 Primary Election Contest/Candidate List," April 9, 2014
- North Dakota Secretary of State Archived Election Results, "Primary Election Results - 1964," accessed March 18, 2014
- Junto Society.com, "North Dakota agriculture commissioner," accessed July 13, 2011
- State of North Dakota, "Legislative Appropriations 2011-2013 Biennium," accessed April 15, 2013
- North Dakota Century Code "Agriculture-Title 04 Chapter 1," accessed February 18, 2015
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 4, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 27, 2014