The Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture
is a position in the Massachusetts government. The Commissioner is head of the Department of Agricultural Resources and is appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
. The Department is responsible for ensuring the viability of agriculture in Massachusetts.
The current officeholder is Greg Watson. He was sworn into this position by Gov. Deval Patrick (D) on April 2, 2012.
The position of commissioner of agriculture is established by Part I, Title II, Chapter 20, Section 1 of the General Laws of Massachusetts:
| There shall be a commissioner of food and agriculture who shall be appointed and may be removed by the secretary of environmental affairs with the approval of the governor. Said commissioner shall have charge of the administration of the department.
The Commissioner of Agriculture is appointed by the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
In 2010, the Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $120,000 according to the Council of State Governments.
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114
101 University Drive, Suite C4
Amherst, MA 01002
- ↑ Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, "MDAR Mission Statement," accessed September 24, 2011
- ↑ Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, "Commissioner Watson," accessed July 13, 2012
- ↑ General Laws of Massachusetts, "Department of Food and Agriculture - Department; board; commissioner," accessed September 24, 2011
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 25, 2011