The New York Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets
is an appointed state executive position in the New York state government.
The Commissioner oversees the Department of Agriculture and Markets, which is responsible for promoting the agricultural industry, fostering environmental stewardship, and ensuring a safe food supply.
The current officeholder is Darrel Aubertine. He was appointed to the position by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on January 10, 2011 and confirmed by the Senate on April 5.
The state Constitution addresses the office of commissioner of agriculture in Article V, Officers and Civil Departments.
Under Article V, Section 4:
The head of the department of agriculture and markets shall be appointed in a manner to be prescribed by law...
The commissioner is appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.
The main duties of the Commissioner include:
- Execute and carry into effect the laws of the state and the rules of the department, relative to agriculture, horticulture, farm, fruit, and dairy products, aquaculture, and the production, processing, transportation, storage, marketing and distributing of food
- Enforce and carry into effect the provisions of the laws of the state relative to weights and measures
- Aid in the promotion and development of the agricultural resources of the state and the improvement of the conditions of rural life
- Investigate the cost of food production and marketing in all its phases
- Investigate the sources of food supply for the state, the production, transportation, storage, marketing and distribution of food sold, offered for sale, stored or held within the state, the cost of transportation to the leading centers of population and of distribution to consumers
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2012, the New York Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $120,800 according to the Council of State Governments.
New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
Phone: 518-457-3880 or 1-800-554-4501
Email: Online Contact Form