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Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Minnesota Statutes 15.06
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Dave Frederickson.jpg
Name:  Dave Frederickson
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $108,388
Other Minnesota Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of EducationAgriculture CommissionerCommerce CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Utilities Commission
The Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Minnesota state government. The commissioner serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for food safety, regulation of crops, agricultural assistance, and promotion of state agricultural industries.

Their stated mission is "to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment and the strength of our agricultural economy."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Dave Frederickson. He was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton in January 2011.[2]

Authority

The Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture's powers are derived from Chapter 17 of the Minnesota Statutes.

Chapter 17, Section 1:

There is created a Department of Agriculture, which shall be in the charge of a commissioner of agriculture, in this chapter called the commissioner,...[3]

Qualifications

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Appointments

Per 15.06 of the Minnesota Statutes, the governor appoints the Commissioner of Agriculture with the consent of the Senate. The commissioner serves at the pleasure of the governor. His or her term expires at the end of the governor's term or if the governor vacates office.[4]

Vacancies

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Duties

Duties and responsibilities include:[5]

  • Promote development of agricultural industries
  • Approve expenditures from state appropriations
  • Investigate food-related complaints and require forfeiture, when necessary, of Minnesota food-handlers license
  • Collect, compile and supply statistics and information
  • Publish information deemed necessary to the development of agriculture
  • Cooperate with federal agencies
  • Cooperate with the Department of Trade and Economic Development to develop international ag markets
  • Establish a program of agricultural diversification
  • Promote nontraditional agricultural products
  • Provide farm crisis assistance
  • Establish Minnesota Grown logo to identify Minnesota products
  • Appoint a deputy commissioner to act in the commissioner's absence
  • Issue biennial report to the Governor and Legislature

Divisions

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Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2012

In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $108,388. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

2010

In 2010, the Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $108,388 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Recent news

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Contact information

Orville L. Freeman Building
625 Robert St. N
St. Paul, MN 55155-2538

MDA/MDH Lab Building
601 Robert St. N
St. Paul, MN 55155-2531

Phone: 651-201-6000
Toll-free: 1-800-967-2474
TDD: 1-800-627-3529
Email: MDA.Info@state.mn.us

See also

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