The Montana Director of Agriculture
is an appointed state executive position in the Montana state government.
The Director oversees the Department of Agriculture, whose mission statement is "to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries."
The current officeholder is Ron de Yong. He was first appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) in 2007 and re-appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D) in 2013.
The state Constitution establishes a Department of Agriculture in Article XII, the Executive Department.
Under Article XII, Section 1:
The legislature shall provide for a Department of Agriculture and enact laws and provide appropriations to protect, enhance, and develop all agriculture.
Per 2-15-111 of the Montana Code, the Director is appointed by the Governor with confirmation of the Senate. The director serves at the pleasure of the Governor and may be removed at any time.
In 2010, the Montana Director of Agriculture was paid an estimated $96,972 according to the Council of State Governments.
- ↑ Montana Department of Agriculture, "Department Goals and Objectives," October 30, 2011
- ↑ Great Falls Tribune, "Bullock to keep Montana military, agriculture agency heads," January 3, 2013
- ↑ Montana Code Annotated, " 2-15-111. Appointment and qualifications of department heads," accessed October 30, 2011
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved August 13, 2011