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In 2010, the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $115,000 according to [http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/index.cfm LaTrac].<ref>[http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/salaries.cfm?object=DEPT%20OF%20AGRICULTURE%20AND%20FORESTRY&type=dept ''LaTrac'',"Department of Agriculture and Forestry Salaries,"
In 2010, the Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $115,000 according to [http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/index.cfm LaTrac].<ref>[http://wwwprd.doa.louisiana.gov/latrac/salaries.cfm?object=DEPT%20OF%20AGRICULTURE%20AND%20FORESTRY&type=dept ''LaTrac'',"Department of Agriculture and Forestry Salaries," April 16, 2011]</ref>
Revision as of 08:00, 16 April 2014
|Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$74,480,648|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Louisiana Constitution, Article IV, Section 10|
|Assumed office:||January 14, 2008|
|Last election:||November 22, 2011|
|Other Louisiana 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|
- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Elections
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The Department's mission is "to promote, protect and advance agriculture and forestry, and soil and water resources.
The current officeholder is Mike Strain (R). He was elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.
Article IV, Section 10:
|There shall be a Department of Agriculture. The commissioner of agriculture shall head the department and shall exercise all functions of the state relating to the promotion, protection, and advancement of agriculture, except research and educational functions expressly allocated by this constitution or by law to other state agencies. The department shall exercise such functions and the commissioner shall have other powers and perform other duties authorized by this constitution or provided by law.|
Article IV, Section 2 of the Louisiana Constitution establishes the qualifications for statewide elective office:
To be eligible for any statewide elective office, a person, by the date of his qualification as a candidate, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years, be an elector, and have been a citizen of the United States and of this state for at least the preceding five years...During his tenure in office, a statewide elected official shall hold no other public office except by virtue of his elected office.
- at least 25 years of age
- be an elector
- citizen of the United States and Louisiana for 5 years
- hold no other public office
Louisiana elects agriculture commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Louisiana, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all agriculture commissioner election years. Terms begin at noon on the second Monday in January following the election.
If a vacancy of less than one year occurs in the office, the position is filled by the first assistant. If a vacancy of greater than one year occurs an election takes place at the next regularly scheduled election, or, in none are scheduled within a year of the vacancy, a special election is called by the governor.
The agriculture commissioner is responsible for promoting, protecting, and advancing agriculture and forestry, as well as soil and water resources, in the state of Louisiana.
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry is under control of the Commissioner of Agriculture. It also has a Deputy Commissioner and six Assistant Commissioners. The Department is divided into six offices, each led by an assistant commissioner.
Office of Agro-Consumer Services
- The Office of Agro-Consumer Services lists its mission as "perform functions relating to the regulation of weights and measures, the licensing of weighmasters, scale companies and technicians; the licensing and inspection of bonded farm warehouses and milk processing plants, and the licensing of grain dealers, warehouses and cotton buyers."
|Contact Agro-Consumer Services|
Office of Animal Health and Food Safety
- The Office of Animal Health and Food Safety's mission is to "protect the public supply of meat and meat products and fish and fish products, to control and eradicate infectious diseases of animals and poultry, and to control livestock theft and nuisance animals."
|Contact Animal Health and Food Safety|
Office of Forestry
- The office of Forestry's mission is to "protect, conserve and replenish the forest natural resources of the state."
Office of Marketing and Agro-Economic Development
- The Office of Marketing and Agro-Economic Development's mission is to "promote the development and growth of markets for Louisiana agricultural and forestry products and to develop the channels of distribution through which these products are sold."
|Contact Marketing and Agro-Economic Development|
Office of Soil and Water Conservation
- The Office of Soil and Water Conservation's mission is "to assist in the organization and administration of the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in protecting the land, water and related resources of the state."
|Contact Soil and Water Conservation|
Office of Management and Finance
- The Office of Management and Finance's mission is to "provide support services for the other offices of the department. These services provided include: fiscal, legal, procurement, property control, human resources, fleet and facility management, auditing, information technology, print shop and mail room, document imaging and district office clerical support."
|Contact Management and Finance|
The Department of Agriculture and Forestry's budget for fiscal year 2012-2013 was $74,480,648.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Article IV, Section 4 of the Louisiana Constitution defines the method by which the agriculture commissioner's compensation is set:
Except as otherwise provided by this constitution, the compensation of each statewide elected official shall be provided by law. An increase in the salary of a statewide elected official shall not become effective until the commencement of the subsequent term for that office following the adoption or enactment of the increase.
In 2013, the commissioner salary remained at $115,000.
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P.O. Box 631
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Fax: 225-922-1234 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, "Mission Statement," accessed April 16, 2011
- State of Louisiana,"State Budget Fiscal Year 2013-2013," 75, accessed June 27, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials:Annual Salaries, accessed January 23, 2014
- LaTrac,"Department of Agriculture and Forestry Salaries," accessed April 16, 2011