Maine Commissioner of Agriculture

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The Maine Commissioner of Agriculture is a position in the Maine state government. The Commissioner acts as head of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources, which deals with all aspects of the state's food system.

On August 30, 2012, the agency, along with the Department of Conservation, were merged into the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.[1]

Current officeholder

The last officholder for the Agriculture Commissioner was Walter Whitcomb. He was appointed by Gov. Paul LePage in January 2011. Whitcomb was then appointed by Gov. Paul LePage as the new Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry in August 2012.[1]


As outlined in Title 7, Part 1, Chapter 1, §1 of the Maine State Statutes, the commissioner is nominated by the Governor of Maine, subject to review by the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and confirmation by the Legislature. The commissioner holds officer during the pleasure of the Governor.[2]


In 2010, the Maine Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $102,689 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact information

Commissioner's Office
Deering Bldg. - AMHI Complex
28 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0028
Phone: 207-287-3871

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