Alaska Director of Agriculture

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Alaska Alaska Director of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $2,517,800
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at pleasure of the Commissioner of Natural Resources
Authority:  Alaska Statutes, Title 3, Chapter 9, Section 20
Selection Method:  Appointed by Commissioner of Natural Resources
Current Officeholder
Name:  Franci Havemeister
Officeholder Party:  Nonpartisan
Assumed office:  August 1, 2007
Compensation:  $115,320
Other Alaska Executive Offices
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The Alaska Director of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Alaska state government. The director is the head of the Division of Agriculture, part of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, which "promote[s] and encourage[s] development of an agriculture industry in the State."[1]

Current officeholder

The current director of agriculture is Franci Havemeister. Havemeister was originally appointed on August 1, 2007 by Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources Tom Irwin. As the director serves at the pleasure of the commissioner of natural resources, Havemeister is not subject to reappointment.[2]

Before becoming director, Havemeister worked as a real estate agent, a case processor for the state of Alaska, and served as children's education director at her local church.[3]

Authority

The director of agriculture's authority is based in statute, which establishes him or her as the director of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation.[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 3, Chapter 9, Section 20

(a) The director of the division of agriculture of the department shall serve as the director of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation. The director may employ staff and, as directed by the board, is responsible for the daily operations of the agricultural revolving loan fund.

Qualifications

State law does not require any particular qualifications of the director of agriculture.

Appointments

The director is appointed by the commissioner of natural resources "from a list of two or more candidates submitted by the board [of agriculture and conservation]."[4]

Alaska Statutes, Title 3, Chapter 9, Section 20

(b) The director of agriculture shall be appointed to the partially exempt service by the commissioner from a list of two or more candidates submitted by the board. The commissioner may reject all candidates, in which case the board shall submit a new list. The director may be removed by the commissioner at any time, and the office shall remain vacant until a new director is appointed under this subsection.

Vacancies

In case of vacancy, the commissioner of natural resources appoints a new director by the same process listed above.[4]

Duties

Click here to view a larger-scale image of the Alaska Division of Agriculture organizational chart, as of May 2013.

The director of agriculture, as head of the Division of Agriculture, is responsible for "[promoting] and [encouraging] development of an agriculture industry" in Alaska. He or she also serves as director of the Board of Agriculture and Conservation, which establishes the Division's policies.

The director's staff administers a variety of programs to encourage farming, including:[5][6]

  • Low interest loans to Alaskan farmers under the Alaska Agricultural Loan Act
  • Coordination with the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to provide farmers with insurance.
  • Aid for state agricultural and industrial fairs
  • The "Farm to School" program, which educates youth about the food system.
  • Enforcement of various food-related regulations
  • Marketing services for Alaska farmers, including the "Alaska Grown" campaign to promote awareness of food grown in the state
  • The Plant Materials Center, which produces and distributes "materials to meet environmental requirements and promote commercial development of native [Alaskan plant] species."[7]
  • Other grants to promote innovation, specialty crop development and youth education.

Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Division of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2014 is $2,517,800.[8]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Alaska Director of Agriculture was paid an estimated $115,320. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

Alaska

Address:
1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12
Palmer, AK 99645
Phone: (907) 745-7200
Fax: (907) 745-7242

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