The Michigan Director of Agriculture and Rural Development
is a state executive position in the Michigan state government.
The Director serves as head of the Department of Agriculture Rural Development, whose mission is "To protect, promote and preserve the food, agricultural, environmental and economic interests of the people of Michigan."
The current officeholder is Jamie Clover Adams. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder in June 2012.
The Department of Agriculture is established in the Michigan Compiled Laws.
Michigan Compiled Laws 285.1:
| There is hereby created a state department of agriculture which shall possess the powers and perform the duties hereinafter granted and conferred....The commission shall appoint and employ a director of agriculture who shall continue in office at the pleasure of the commission and who shall receive such annual salary as shall be appropriated by the legislature
The director is appointed by the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development, a five-member bipartisan board of citizens appointed by the Governor. The director continues in office at the pleasure of the commission.
The duties of the Director of Agriculture include:
- Assuring food safety
- Protecting animal and plant health
- Sustaining environmental stewardship
- Providing consumer protection
- Enabling rural development
- Fostering efficient administrative operations
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2012, the Michigan Director of Agriculture and Rural Development was paid an estimated $140,000 according to the Council of State Governments.
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
- ↑ Michigan Department Of Agriculture and Rural Development, "Mission," accessed October 30, 2011
- ↑ Detroit Free Press, "Gov. Rick Snyder announces small shuffle in his cabinet today," June 25, 2012
- ↑ Michigan Compiled Laws, "Section 285.1 Department of Agriculture," accessed December 21, 2012
- ↑ Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, "About MDARD," accessed December 21, 2012