Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
|Maine Maine Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|Length of term:||Serves at the governor's pleasure|
|Authority:||Maine Revised Statutes, Title 7, Chapter 1, §2|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor, confirmed by the State Legislature|
|Assumed office:||January 2011|
|Other Maine Executive Offices|
|Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Commissioner • Superintendent of Insurance • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Commission|
The merger of the departments of agriculture and conservation became law in the spring of 2012 when the state passed it as part of a supplemental budget package. Gov. Paul LePage announced his intentions to combine the two departments in the fall of 2011, saying a joint department could better serve farming- and forestry-related industries and help them drive economic development.
The Maine Revised Statutes address the office of commissioner of agriculture, conservation and forestry in Title 7, Chapter 1, §2.
The commissioner shall be the chief administrative officer of the department.
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 office at the pleasure of the Governor.
The commissioner of agriculture, conservation and forestry is responsible for overseeing the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, which enforces agriculture and natural resource related regulations, while also working to protect those resources in the state of Maine.
The commissioner will lead the department with the help of two deputies. One will be focused on “agriculture, forestry and natural resources-based economic development,” and the other focused on the departments’s day-to-day operations. The department will be organized into seven divisions focused on agriculture, forestry, animal and plant health, land use and other areas currently overseen by the two departments.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
22 State House Station
18 Elkins Lane
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022
Phone: (207) 287-3200
- Maine Agriculture Commissioner
- Maine Commissioner of Conservation
- Walter Whitcomb
- Bill Beardsley
- News: Gov. LePage appoints state conservation commissioner to Maine Board of Education
- Bangor Daily News, "Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments to merge Aug. 30, but little will change" Accessed August 30, 2012
- Bangor Daily News "Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments to merge Aug. 30, but little will change" Accessed August 30, 2012
- Maine Revised Statutes "Title 7, Chapter 1, §2," Accessed December 19, 2012
- Maine State Statutes, "Title 7, Part 1, Chapter 1, §1," accessed September 17, 2011
- Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Accessed December 19, 2012