Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture

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Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $45,033,000
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Term coterminous with that of the Governor
Authority:  Article VI, Section 31
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Jim Reese
Assumed office:  January 10, 2011
Compensation:  $87,005
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The Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture is an appointed state executive position in the Oklahoma state government. The position is more commonly known as president of the State Board of Agriculture.[1] The commissioner is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. As president of the Board of Agriculture, the commissioner serves on the Oklahoma State University A&M Board of Regents, the School Land Commission, the State Board of Equalization and the Environment Sub-cabinet. The commissioner and his staff coordinate activities relating to rules and regulations, hearings, legislative affairs, agricultural mediation proceedings, farm crisis situations, investigations and certain law enforcement activities.[2]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jim Reese.[3]


The Office of the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture is established in Article VI, Section 31 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Article VI, Section 31:

A Board of Agriculture is hereby created to be composed of five members all of whom shall be farmers and shall be selected in the manner prescribed by law.

Said Board shall be maintained as a part of the State government, and shall have jurisdiction over all matters affecting animal industry and animal quarantine regulation, and shall be the Board of Regents of all State Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, and shall discharge such other duties and receive such compensation as now is, or may hereafter be, provided by law.


The qualifications for members of the State Board of Agriculture are outlined in Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes:

The members shall be farmers who have:

a. at least five (5) years practical experience during the ten (10) years immediately preceding their appointment, and
b. lived on and operated a farm after reaching the age of twenty one (21) years.

  • a farmer
  • at least five years practical experience during the previous 10 years
  • lived on and operated a farm after reaching the age of 21


Oklahoma state government organizational chart

Members of the State Board of Agriculture are appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate.


Under Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes, in the event of a vacancy in the office the governor "appoints a new member from the same district for which a vacancy was vacated to serve for the unexpired term."[4]


The powers and duties of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry are outlined in Title 2 of the Oklahoma Statutes:[5]

  • evaluate applications for administrative and technical completeness pursuant to requirements of the Oklahoma Agriculture Code and rules promulgated thereunder and, when necessary to determine the completeness, request changes, revisions, corrections, or supplemental submissions;
  • evaluate notices related to applications for sufficiency of content and compliance and require that omissions or inaccuracies be cured;
  • consider timely and relevant comments received;
  • prepare responses to comments, draft and final denials, and draft, proposed, and final permits;
  • cooperate with federal agencies;
  • consolidate processes related to multiple, pending applications filed by the same applicant for the same facility or site in accordance with rules of the State Board of Agriculture; and
  • otherwise exercise all incidental powers as necessary and proper to implement the provisions of the Oklahoma Agriculture Environmental Permitting Act and promulgate rules.


  • Administration
  • Agriculture Environment Management Services
  • Animal Industry Services
  • Consumer Protection
  • Food Safety
  • Forestry Services
  • General Counsel
  • Investigative Services
  • Laboratory
  • Market Development
  • Statistics Services
  • Wildlife Services

State budget

See also: Oklahoma state budget and finances

The budget for the Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry in Fiscal Year 2012 was $45,033,000.[6]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $87,005, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $87,005, according to the Council of State Governments.[8]


In 2010, the commissioner received a salary of $87,005, according to the Council of State Governments.[9]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
2800 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Phone: (405) 521-3864

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