Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
|Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012 FY Budget:||$340,384|
|Length of term:||Serves at the pleasure of the Governor|
|Authority:||Virginia Code, Title 2.2, Chapter 2.2-203.3|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 2010|
|Other Virginia Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Superintendent of Education • Agriculture Commissioner • Insurance Commissioner • Natural Resources Commissioner • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The current officeholder is Todd Haymore. He was first appointed to the position by Governor Bob McDonnell in January 2010. Before his appointment, Haymore served nearly three years as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The position of Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry is established in Title 2.2, Chapter 2.2-203.3 of the Virginia Code.
The Code of Virginia authorizes the governor to appoint the secretaries of: state, agriculture and forestry, education and natural resources, among others. The appointments are subject to confirmation by the state General Assembly and the appointees, with the exception of the secretary of state, "hold office at the pleasure of the Governor."
According to Title 2.2, Chapter 2 of the Code of Virginia, the secretary "shall be responsible to the Governor for the following agencies: Department of Forestry, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Virginia Agricultural Council. The Governor, by executive order, may assign any state executive agency to the Secretary, or reassign any agency listed in this section to another Secretary."
As stated on the secretary's official website, the mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services mission is "to promote the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provide consumer protection and encourage environmental stewardship," while the Department of Forestry exists to "protect and develop healthy, sustainable forest resources for Virginians."
The secretary oversees three agencies - the Department of Forestry, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Virginia Agricultural Council. The Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services is split into the following divisions:
- The Commissioner's Office
- Division of Animal and Food Industry Services
- Division of Consumer Protection
- Division of Marketing.
The budget for the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $340,384.
- Office of the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
- Virginia Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services
- Virginia Department of Forestry
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, "Secretary Haymore's Bio," accessed January 9, 2013
- ↑ Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia Title 2.2, Chapter 2," accessed January 9, 2012
- ↑ Code of Virginia, "Title 2.2, Chapter 4, Section 200: Appointment of governor's secretaries; general powers; severance," accessed February 8, 2012
- ↑ Virginia Budget Appropriations Database, "Final Budget for the 2010-2012 Biennium," accessed April 5, 2013
- ↑ Council of State Governments, "Table 4.11 Selected state administrative officials: Annual salaries by region," retrieved February 1, 2012