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South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture

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South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $44,237,705
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  South Dakota Laws, Chapter 38-1-1
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Lucas Lentsch
Assumed office:  May 2013
Compensation:  $92,700
Other South Dakota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerCommissioner of School and Public LandsNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture is an appointed executive position in the South Dakota state government. The secretary is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of agricultural policy within the state government.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Lucas Lentsch. He has served in this position since May 2013.[2]

Authority

The Department of Agriculture was established in Chapter 38 of the South Dakota laws.[3]

Chapter 38-1-1:

Department continued--Office--Service of process--Seal. The Department of Agriculture of the State of South Dakota is continued with the powers, duties, and jurisdiction enumerated in this code. It shall maintain a central office in the capitol at Pierre in rooms provided for the purpose, which shall be the official address of the department and the place for serving process or papers of any kind upon it. It shall have an official seal.

Qualifications

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Appointments

South Dakota state government organizational chart

The secretary of agriculture is appointed by the Governor of South Dakota.

Vacancies

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Duties

The mission of the department is to "promote, protect, preserve and improve South Dakota Agriculture for today and tomorrow."[4] The official duty of the secretary is to, under the general direction and control of the governor, executive the powers and discharge the duties vested by law in the Department of Agriculture.[5]

Divisions

  • Agricultural Development
Finance; Ag Finance Counseling; Ag Loan Mediation; Crop & Livestock Marketing; Business Development Programs
  • Agricultural Policy
Agricultural issues
  • Agricultural Services
Animal Remedy; Apiary; Dairy; Egg; Feed; Nursery; Pesticide; Plant Protection; Rodent Bait Manufacture; Seed, Weed, & Pest Commission Programs
  • Resource Conservation & Forestry
Resource Conservation; Community Forestry; Forest Health; Service Forestry Programs
  • Wildland Fire Suppression
  • Fire Management and Suppression
  • State Fair Park

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013 was $44,237,705.[6]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture was paid an estimated $92,700. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[7]

2010

In 2010, the South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture was paid an estimated $103,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Secretary
South Dakota Department of Agriculture
523 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-3182

Phone: (605) 773-5926
Toll free: (800) 228-5254
Fax: (605) 773-5926
E-mail: agmail@state.sd.us

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