The Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture
is an appointed executive position in the Tennessee
state government. The commissioner
leads the Department of Agriculture, which promotes local produce and products, ensures safe and dependable food and fiber, and works to conserve the state's natural resources.
The current officeholder is Julius Johnson.
The office of the Commissioner of Agriculture is established in the Tennessee Code.
Tennessee Code - Section 4-3-202:
| The department of agriculture shall be under the charge and general supervision of the commissioner of agriculture.
Title 43, Chapter, Part 1-101 of the Tennessee code establishes the qualifications of the office:
| The commissioner of agriculture, who is in control of the department of agriculture, shall be a practical farmer, actively identified with the agricultural interests of the state.
- practical farmer
- actively identified with the agricultural interests of the state
Title 43, Chapter, Part 1-106 of the Tennessee code outlines the specific duties of the commissioner:
- determine agricultural areas adjacent to state highways that are:
- row crop areas devoted primarily for the growth of corn, cotton, soy beans, vegetables, and other similar seasonal agricultural commodities; and
- grassland areas maintained and used primarily for grazing of livestock
- Agricultural Enhancement
- Market Development
- Regulatory Services
The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was $91,584,700.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
In 2012, the Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $152,400 according to the Council of State Governments.
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Ellington Agricultural Center
440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220
Phone: (615) 837-5103
Commissioner Johnson's e-mail: julius.johnson@TN.gov
- ↑ TN.gov/agriculture, "Welcome," accessed October 28, 2011
- ↑ Lexis-Nexis, " Tenn. Code Ann. § 4-3-202," accessed December 28, 2012
- ↑ Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, "The Budget, Fiscal Year 2013-2014," accessed April 8, 2013