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Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $340,384
Term limits:  None
Structure
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
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Todd Haymore
Assumed office:  January 2010
Compensation:  $120,000
Other Virginia Executive Offices
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The Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry is a cabinet-level state executive position in the Virginia state government. The secretary is appointed by the governor. He or she oversees the Departments of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the Department of Forestry, Virginia Agricultural Council, and the Virginia Marine Products Board.

Current officeholder

The current Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry is Todd Haymore. He was first appointed to the position by Governor Bob McDonnell in January 2010.[1] Before his appointment, Haymore served nearly three years as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Within the Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry is the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Sandra J. Adams currently serves as acting commissioner of VDACS. She assumed this position in mid-December 2013 following the resignation of Matt Lohr.[2]

Authority

The position of Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry is established in Title 2.2, Chapter 2.2-203.3 of the Virginia Code.[3]

Qualifications

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Appointments

Virginia state government organizational chart

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."[4]

Vacancies

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Duties

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."[1]

Divisions

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.

State budget

The budget for the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry's Office in Fiscal Year 2012 was $340,384.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry was paid an estimated $120,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]

2011

In 2011, the Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $137,280, according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

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