Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry

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Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $74,480,648
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, Section 10
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Mike Strain.jpg
Name:  Michael Strain
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 14, 2008
Compensation:  $115,000
Next election:  2015
Last election:  November 22, 2011
Other Louisiana Executive Offices
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The Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry is an elected state executive position in the Louisiana state government. Commissioners are elected to a four-year term and are not subject to term limits.

The department's mission is "to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Mike Strain (R). He was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.


The agriculture commissioner's powers and duties are established by Article IV, Section 10 of the Louisiana Constitution.

Article IV, Section 10:

There shall be a Department of Agriculture. The commissioner of agriculture shall head the department and shall exercise all functions of the state relating to the promotion, protection, and advancement of agriculture, except research and educational functions expressly allocated by this constitution or by law to other state agencies. The department shall exercise such functions and the commissioner shall have other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or provided by law.


Article IV, Section 2 of the Louisiana Constitution establishes the qualifications for statewide elective office:

To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years...During his tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office except by virtue of his elected office.

  • at least 25 years of age
  • be an elector
  • citizen of the United States and Louisiana for five years
  • hold no other public office


Louisiana state government organizational chart

Louisiana elects agriculture commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Louisiana, 2015, 2019, 2023 and 2027 are all agriculture commissioner election years. Terms begin at noon on the second Monday in January following the election.



See also: Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture election, 2015

There is a regularly scheduled election for agriculture commissioner in 2015. Michael Strain (R) is running for re-election. The primary election will take place on October 24, 2015, with a runoff election on November 21, 2015, if no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote.


If a vacancy of less than one year occurs in the office, the position is filled by the first assistant. If a vacancy of greater than one year occurs an election takes place at the next regularly scheduled election, or, in none are scheduled within a year of the vacancy, a special election is called by the governor.


The agriculture commissioner is responsible for promoting, protecting and advancing agriculture and forestry, as well as soil and water resources, in the state of Louisiana.[2]


The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is under control of the commissioner of agriculture. The Department also has a deputy commissioner and six assistant commissioners. The Department is divided into six offices, each led by an assistant commissioner.

Office of Agro-Consumer Services

The Office of Agro-Consumer Services lists its mission as "perform functions relating to the regulation of weights and measures, the licensing of weighmasters, scale companies and technicians; the licensing and inspection of bonded farm warehouses and milk processing plants, and the licensing of grain dealers, warehouses and cotton buyers."[1]

Office of Animal Health and Food Safety

The Office of Animal Health and Food Safety's mission is to "protect the public supply of meat and meat products and fish and fish products, to control and eradicate infectious diseases of animals and poultry, and to control livestock theft and nuisance animals."[1]

Office of Forestry

The Office of Forestry's mission is to "protect, conserve and replenish the forest natural resources of the state."[1]

Office of Marketing and Agro-Economic Development

The Office of Marketing and Agro-Economic Development's mission is to "promote the development and growth of markets for Louisiana agricultural and forestry products and to develop the channels of distribution through which these products are sold."[1]

Office of Soil and Water Conservation

The Office of Soil and Water Conservation's mission is "to assist in the organization and administration of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in protecting the land, water and related resources of the state."[1]

Office of Management and Finance

The Office of Management and Finance's mission is to "provide support services for the other offices of the department. These services provided include: fiscal, legal, procurement, property control, human resources, fleet and facility management, auditing, information technology, print shop and mail room, document imaging and district office clerical support."[1]

State budget

See also: Louisiana state budget and finances

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $74,480,648.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article IV, Section 4 of the Louisiana Constitution defines the method by which the agriculture commissioner's compensation is set:

Except as otherwise provided by this constitution, the compensation of each statewide elected official shall be provided by law. An increase in the salary of a statewide elected official shall not become effective until the commencement of the subsequent term for that office following the adoption or enactment of the increase.


In 2014, the commissioner was paid an estimated $115,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]


In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $115,000, according to the Council of State Governments.[5]


In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $115,000, according to the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the commissioner was paid an estimated $115,000, according to LaTrac.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

P.O. Box 631
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: 1-866-927-2476
Fax: 225-922-1234 Email: commissioner@ldaf.state.la.us

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