Missouri Director of Agriculture
|Missouri Director of Agriculture|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||Serves at the governor's pleasure|
|Authority:||Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section 35, the Executive Department|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor with the consent of the state senate|
|Other Missouri Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Director • Public Service Commission|
The director serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, which was established in 1933. The Department sets agriculture policy, assists farmers, and regulates the industry.
The mission statement of the department is "To serve, promote, and protect the agricultural producers, processors, and consumers of Missouri’s food, fuel, and fiber products."
Under Article IV, Section 35:
The department of agriculture shall be in charge of a director appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate...
The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state. Its duties include consumer protection, public health roles, environmental advocacy, agricultural marketing, public information and awareness, and promoting new technology and new uses for Missouri’s agricultural goods.
The Department of Agriculture is composed of the following divisions:
- Office of the Director
- Agriculture Business Development
- Animal Health
- Grain Inspection & Warehousing
- Plant Industries
- Weights & Measures
Article IV, Section 21 of the state Constitution addresses compensation of executive officials:
Under Article IV, Section 21:
The officers named in this article shall receive for their services salaries fixed by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their terms.
Missouri Department of Agriculture
PO Box 630
1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109