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Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $34,911,200
Term limits:  2 consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Kentucky Constitution, Executive Department Article, Section 91
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  James Comer, Jr.
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2, 2012
Compensation:  $117,329
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
Other Kentucky Executive Offices
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The Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture is an elected state executive position in the Kentucky state government. The commissioner is responsible for expanding agricultural markets, increasing rural economic development, and promoting the Kentucky Proud program.[1]

Commissioners are elected to a four-year term, and are limited to serving two terms.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is James Comer, Jr. (R). He has served since 2012.[2]


The office of Agriculture Commissioner is established in the Executive Department Article of the Kentucky Constitution.

Executive Department Article, Section 91:

A Treasurer, Auditor of Public Accounts, Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics, Secretary of State, and Attorney-General, shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the same time the Governor and Lieutenant Governor are elected, for the term of four years...


Executive Department Article, Section 91 of the Kentucky Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

...each of whom shall be at least thirty years of age at the time of his election, and shall have been a resident citizen of the State at least two years next before his election.
  • at least 30 years old at time of election
  • resident of Kentucky for at least two years


Kentucky state government organizational chart

Kentucky elects agriculture commissioners during gubernatorial election years. For Kentucky, 2015, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all agriculture commissioner election years. Terms begin the first Monday in January following the election.



See also: Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

There is a regularly scheduled election for agriculture commissioner in 2015. James Comer, Jr. (R) is eligible for re-election but is running for governor. The primary election is scheduled for May 19, 2015, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2015.

Term limits

The Kentucky Constitution limits the agriculture commissioner to two four-year terms.


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The duties of the Commissioner of Agriculture are outlined in 246.070 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes:[3]

The Commissioner shall promote and encourage, as far as practicable, the organization of agricultural organizations and associations. He shall ascertain in detail the quality and quantity of land under cultivation; the kinds, amounts and value of the annual field crops; the annual production of orchards, gardens, and dairies; the kinds, value, and increase of livestock; the character and wages of labor employed in the cultivation of the soil; and the value of agricultural exports and imports.


The Department of Agriculture is divided into four offices made up of a total of 13 divisions.

Office for Strategic Planning and Administration

The Office for Strategic Planning and Administration includes the Division of Personnel and Budget and the Division of Information Technology.

Office for Consumer and Environmental Protection

The Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection includes three divisions: Division of Environmental Services, Division of Food Distribution, and the Division of Regulation and Inspection.

Office of State Veterinarian

The Office of State Veterinarian includes the Division of Animal Health and the Division of Producer Services.

Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion

The Office of Agricultural Marketing and Product Promotion includes six divisions:
  • Division of Ag Education, Farm Safety & Farmland Preservation
  • Division of Agriculture Marketing & Agribusiness Recruitment
  • Division of Agritourism
  • Division of Show & Fair Promotion
  • Division of Value-Added Animal and Aquaculture Production
  • Division of Value-Added Plant Production

State budget

See also: Kentucky state budget and finances

The Department of Agriculture's budget for fiscal year 2013 was $34,911,200.[4]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2014, the commissioner received a salary of $117,329, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $115,593 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]


In 2012, the commissioner received a salary of $113,615 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Commissioner of Agriculture
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 564-4696
Fax: (502) 573-0046

Open Records Mailing Address

Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Attn: Legal Counsel
500 Mero Street, Capital Plaza Tower, 7th Floor Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax: (502) 564-1168

See also

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