Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
|Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$39,656,357|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by governor|
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Before becoming commissioner, Salazar represented Colorado's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2005 to 2011. He was a member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 2003 to 2004 and sat on the Colorado Agricultural Commission from 1999 to 2002. Salazar has participated in a number of state boards and commissions, including the Governor's Economic Development Advisory Board, the Rio Grande Water Conservation District and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Forum. Prior to entering public service, he owned Spudspeed.com, an online potato marketing firm, and was owner/operator of El Rancho Salazar.
The office of superintendent is established by Colorado statute as executive officer of the state department of education.
Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107
(1) The commissioner of agriculture shall be the chief administrative officer of the department of agriculture and shall have direct control and management of its functions subject only to the powers and duties of the commission as prescribed in this article.
There are no specific qualifications required of the commissioner of agriculture.
Colorado Revised Statutes, Section 35-1-107
The commissioner shall be appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate, and shall serve at the pleasure of the governor.
There are no term limits for the office of agriculture commissioner.
There is no particular procedure for dealing with vacancies in the office of agriculture commissioner.
The commissioner acts as chief administrative officer of the Colorado Department of Agriculture, which regulates and promotes agriculture in the state. The department's duties include:
- Recording and administering livestock brands; inspecting and verifying owner of livestock; inspecting and licensing packing plants, livestock sale rings, etc.
- Making and enforcing regulations designed to limit the spread of livestock disease and protect animal health.
- Running the Colorado State Fair, a yearly exposition of Colorado agricultural products.
- Maintaining conservation programs designed to control pests, protect Colorado's environment from chemical runoff and contamination, and limit noxious weed growth.
- Inspecting animal feed, fertilizer, other farm products, agricultural scales and measures, grain warehouses, and animal processors.
- Marketing Colorado agricultural products in the U.S. and internationally.
- Animal Industry
- Brand Inspection
- Colorado State Fair
- Commissioner's Office
- Conservation Services
- Inspection and Consumer Services
- Plant Industry
The budget for the Department of Agriculture in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $39,656,357.
In 2010, the commissioner of agriculture received $146,040 in official compensation.
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700 Kipling St.
Lakewood, CO 80215
Phone: (303) 239-4100
Phone: (303) 239-4125
- Governor: John Hickenlooper (D)
- Lieutenant Governor: Joseph Garcia (D)
- Attorney General: John W. Suthers (R)
- Secretary of State: Scott Gessler (R)
- Commissioner of Agriculture: John Salazar
- Treasurer of State: Walker Stapleton (R)
- Colorado Department of Agriculture, "Commissioner Salazar Bio," accessed July 15, 2011
- Project VoteSmart, "Bio of John Salazar," accessed July 15, 2011
- Colorado Revised Statutes, "22-2-110," accessed July 15, 2011
- Colorado Revised Statutes, "35-1-107," accessed July 15, 2011
- Colorado Legislature Joint Budget Committee, "Appropriations Report: Fiscal Year 2012-2013," accessed May 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014
- The Council on State Governments, "Book of the States 2010 -- Table 4.11," accessed July 15, 2011