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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce''' is an elected state executive position in the Mississippi state government.  The Commissioner is elected to a four-year term.
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|State =Mississippi
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|Office=Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of Mississippi.jpg
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|Office website = http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/
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|Budget =  9,405,536
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|Budget year = 2013-2014
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|Term limits =
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|Length of term =4 years
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|Authority =Mississippi Annotated Code, Title 25, Chapter
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|Selected =Elected
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|Current officeholder =Cindy Hyde-Smith
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|Partisan =Republican
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|Officeholder image = Cindy Hyde-Smith.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 5, 2012
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|Compensation = 85,000
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|Next election =November 2015
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|Last election= [[Mississippi down ballot state executive elections, 2011|November 8, 2011]]
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|Other offices =[[Governor of Mississippi|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[Mississippi Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[Mississippi Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[Mississippi Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[Mississippi Auditor|Auditor]] • [[Mississippi Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[Mississippi Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[Mississippi Executive Director of Environmental Quality|Executive Director of Environmental Quality]] • [[Mississippi Executive Director of Employment Security| Executive Director of Employment Security]] • [[Mississippi Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce''' is an elected state executive position in the Mississippi state government.  The Commissioner is elected to a four-year term.
  
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce regulates and promotes state agri-business and its products.
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce regulates and promotes state agri-business and its products.
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current officeholder is [[Lester Spell]] (R). He was first elected in 1995 and is serving in his fourth consecutive term. Spell is retiring and not running for re-election in 2011.
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The current officeholder is [[Cindy Hyde-Smith]] (R). She has served since 2012.<ref>[http://www.wapt.com/r/30140892/detail.html ''WAPT,'' "7 Of 8 Statewide Officials Sworn In," January 5, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce was created by an Act of the Mississippi legislature in 1906, which also provided for the election of the first Agricultural and Commerce Commissioner.
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The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce was created by an Act of the Mississippi legislature in 1906, which also provided for the election of the first Agricultural and Commerce Commissioner. The office's authority is established by Title 25, Chapter 43 of the Mississippi Annotated Code:<ref>[http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/agency/regulations_laws/reg_%20pdfs/Subpart%201/Subpart%201%20Organization.pdf ''Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce,'' "Laws and Regulations: Administration," accessed May 13, 2013]</ref>
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''The Commissioner of Agriculture is an officer of the executive branch of state
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==Qualifications==
 
==Qualifications==
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
Mississippi elects agricultural commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Mississippi, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all agricultural commissioner election years.  
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[[File:Mississippi exec org chart.png|200px|right|thumb|Mississippi state government organizational chart]]
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Mississippi elects agriculture commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Mississippi, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all agriculture commissioner election years.
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==Vacancies==
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==Duties==
 
==Duties==
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce states that its mission is "to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens."<ref>[http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/agency_info/index_agencyinfo.html ''Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce,'' "Homepage," accessed April 17, 2011]</ref>
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce states that its mission is "to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens."<ref>[http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/agency_info/index_agencyinfo.html ''Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce,'' "Homepage," accessed April 17, 2011]</ref>
  
==Divisions of the Office==
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==Divisions==
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce is under control of the Commissioner.  It has 7 bureaus and departments.
 
The Department of Agriculture and Commerce is under control of the Commissioner.  It has 7 bureaus and departments.
  
 
===<u>Agricultural Theft Bureau</u>===
 
===<u>Agricultural Theft Bureau</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/ag_theft/index_agtheft.html Agricultural Theft Bureau] works "enforce all the laws of the State enacted for the purpose of preventing the theft of livestock, agricultural and aquacultural products and implements; to make investigations of violations thereof and to arrest persons violating same."
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/agricultural_theft_bureau/index.html Agricultural & Livestock Theft Bureau] works "enforce all the laws of the State enacted for the purpose of preventing the theft of livestock, agricultural and aquacultural products and implements; to make investigations of violations thereof and to arrest persons violating same."
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Agricultural Theft Bureau</u>
 
   |title=<u>Contact Agricultural Theft Bureau</u>
 
|1 = Robert Jordan, Bureau Director
 
|1 = Robert Jordan, Bureau Director
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===<u>Board of Animal Health</u>===
 
===<u>Board of Animal Health</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/anim_health/index_animhealth.html Board of Animal Health] was created by the Mississippi Legislature to "deal with all contagious and infectious diseases of animals as in the opinion of the board may be prevented, controlled, or eradicated, and with full power to make, promulgate, and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to control, eradicate and prevent those diseases."
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/animal_health/index.html Board of Animal Health] was created by the Mississippi Legislature to "deal with all contagious and infectious diseases of animals as in the opinion of the board may be prevented, controlled, or eradicated, and with full power to make, promulgate, and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to control, eradicate and prevent those diseases."
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Board of Animal Health</u>
 
   |title=<u>Contact Board of Animal Health</u>
 
|1 = James Watson, Director
 
|1 = James Watson, Director
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===<u>Mississippi State Fair Commission</u>===
 
===<u>Mississippi State Fair Commission</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/fair_com/index_fair.html Mississippi State Fair Commission] hosts over 700 events a year on the 100+ acre Fairgrounds Complex.
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/ms_fair_commission/index.html Mississippi State Fair Commission] hosts over 700 events a year on the 100+ acre Fairgrounds Complex.
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Mississippi State Fair Commission</u>
 
   |title=<u>Contact Mississippi State Fair Commission</u>
 
|1 = Billy Orr, Executive Director
 
|1 = Billy Orr, Executive Director
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===<u>Mississippi Farmers Market</u>===
 
===<u>Mississippi Farmers Market</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/farm_mkt/index_farmmkt.html Mississippi Farmers Market] "was created to provide facilities for the efficient handling of farm products in the interest of the farmer, consumer, general public and the State of Mississippi."
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/ms_farmers_market/index.html Mississippi Farmers Market] "was created to provide facilities for the efficient handling of farm products in the interest of the farmer, consumer, general public and the State of Mississippi."
  
  
 
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===<u>Market Development</u>===
 
===<u>Market Development</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/marketing/index_marketing.html Market Development Division] is charged with "promoting and heightening the public's awareness of Mississippi 's agriculture commodities and the farmers and ranchers who produce them."
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/marketing/index.html Market Development Division] is charged with "promoting and heightening the public's awareness of Mississippi 's agriculture commodities and the farmers and ranchers who produce them."
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Market Development</u>
 
   |title=<u>Contact Market Development</u>
 
|1 = Andy Prosser, Bureau Director
 
|1 = Andy Prosser, Bureau Director
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===<u>Bureau of Plant Industry</u>===
 
===<u>Bureau of Plant Industry</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/bpi/index_bpi.html Bureau of Plant Industry] was established "to protect the agricultural and horticultural interests of the state from harmful insects, diseases, and weeds."  It is a regulatory and service division of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/bpi/index.html Bureau of Plant Industry] was established "to protect the agricultural and horticultural interests of the state from harmful insects, diseases, and weeds."  It is a regulatory and service division of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce.
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Plant Industry</u>
 
|1 = Butch Alpe, Director
 
|1 = Butch Alpe, Director
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===<u>Bureau of Regulatory Services</u>===
 
===<u>Bureau of Regulatory Services</u>===
:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/departments/reg_services/index_regservices.html Bureau of Regulatory Services] was designed "to protect the health and economic welfare of all citizens, to afford a measure of economic protection which citizens cannot provide for themselves, and to strive for equity in the market place which, when realized, works to the good of all citizens of this state."
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:The [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/departments/regulatory_services/index.html Bureau of Regulatory Services] was designed "to protect the health and economic welfare of all citizens, to afford a measure of economic protection which citizens cannot provide for themselves, and to strive for equity in the market place which, when realized, works to the good of all citizens of this state."
  
  
 
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   |title=<u>Contact Regulatory Services</u>
 
   |title=<u>Contact Regulatory Services</u>
 
|1 = Richard A. Benton, Bureau Director
 
|1 = Richard A. Benton, Bureau Director
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Fax: 601-359-1175<BR>
 
Fax: 601-359-1175<BR>
 
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==State budget==
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The Department of Agriculture and Commerce's budget for fiscal year 2013 is $9,405,536.<ref>[http://www.lbo.ms.gov/index_files/pdf/fy13_bulletin.pdf ''State of Mississippi Joint Legislative Budget Committee,'' "Legislative Appropriations Bulletin FY 2013," 7, accessed June 28, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
In 2010, the Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner was paid an estimated $90,000 according to the [http://www.csg.org/ Council of State Governments].<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/drupal/system/files/Table_4.11.pdf ''The Council of State Governments'',"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved May 7, 2011]</ref>
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===2013===
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In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $90,000.<ref>[http://knowledgecenter.csg.org/kc/system/files/4.11_2013.pdf ''Council of State Governments,'' Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 30, 2014]</ref>
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===2012===
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In 2012, the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$85,500]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
  
==Former officeholders==
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==Historical officeholders==
Since 1906, Mississippi has had 6 officeholders.  
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Since 1906, Mississippi has had 7 officeholders.  
  
 
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
==Contact information==
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==See also==
 
==See also==
*[[Agricultural Commissioner]]
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==External links==
* [http://www.mdac.state.ms.us/n_library/misc/about_commissioner.html Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce]
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Revision as of 23:28, 15 February 2014

Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $9,405,536
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Mississippi Annotated Code, Title 25, Chapter
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Cindy Hyde-Smith.jpg
Name:  Cindy Hyde-Smith
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 5, 2012
Compensation:  $85,000
Elections
Next election:  November 2015
Last election:  November 8, 2011
Other Mississippi Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerExecutive Director of Environmental Quality Executive Director of Employment SecurityPublic Service Commission
The Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce is an elected state executive position in the Mississippi state government. The Commissioner is elected to a four-year term.

The Department of Agriculture and Commerce regulates and promotes state agri-business and its products.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Cindy Hyde-Smith (R). She has served since 2012.[1]

Authority

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce was created by an Act of the Mississippi legislature in 1906, which also provided for the election of the first Agricultural and Commerce Commissioner. The office's authority is established by Title 25, Chapter 43 of the Mississippi Annotated Code:[2]

The Commissioner of Agriculture is an officer of the executive branch of state government elected by the people pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. §69-9-1.

Qualifications

To qualify to run for Agriculture and Commerce Commissioner, candidates must be:[3]

  • at least 25 years of age
  • a qualified elector
  • citizen of Mississippi for 5 years

Elections

Mississippi state government organizational chart

Mississippi elects agriculture commissioners to four-year terms during gubernatorial election years. For Mississippi, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 are all agriculture commissioner election years.

Vacancies

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that details the process of filling vacancies for a state executive office. That information for the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Duties

The Department of Agriculture and Commerce states that its mission is "to regulate and promote agricultural-related businesses within the state and to promote Mississippi's products throughout both the state and the rest of the world for the benefit of all Mississippi citizens."[4]

Divisions

The Department of Agriculture and Commerce is under control of the Commissioner. It has 7 bureaus and departments.

Agricultural Theft Bureau

The Agricultural & Livestock Theft Bureau works "enforce all the laws of the State enacted for the purpose of preventing the theft of livestock, agricultural and aquacultural products and implements; to make investigations of violations thereof and to arrest persons violating same."




Board of Animal Health

The Board of Animal Health was created by the Mississippi Legislature to "deal with all contagious and infectious diseases of animals as in the opinion of the board may be prevented, controlled, or eradicated, and with full power to make, promulgate, and enforce such rules and regulations as may be necessary to control, eradicate and prevent those diseases."




Mississippi State Fair Commission

The Mississippi State Fair Commission hosts over 700 events a year on the 100+ acre Fairgrounds Complex.




Mississippi Farmers Market

The Mississippi Farmers Market "was created to provide facilities for the efficient handling of farm products in the interest of the farmer, consumer, general public and the State of Mississippi."




Market Development

The Market Development Division is charged with "promoting and heightening the public's awareness of Mississippi 's agriculture commodities and the farmers and ranchers who produce them."




Bureau of Plant Industry

The Bureau of Plant Industry was established "to protect the agricultural and horticultural interests of the state from harmful insects, diseases, and weeds." It is a regulatory and service division of the Department of Agriculture and Commerce.




Bureau of Regulatory Services

The Bureau of Regulatory Services was designed "to protect the health and economic welfare of all citizens, to afford a measure of economic protection which citizens cannot provide for themselves, and to strive for equity in the market place which, when realized, works to the good of all citizens of this state."




State budget

The Department of Agriculture and Commerce's budget for fiscal year 2013 is $9,405,536.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the commissioner was paid an estimated $90,000.[6]

2012

In 2012, the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce was paid an estimated $85,500. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

Since 1906, Mississippi has had 7 officeholders.

Click "show" for former officeholders.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term Mississippi + Commissioner + of + Agriculture + and + Commerce

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

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Contact information

Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce
121 North Jefferson Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: 601-359-1100
Fax: 601-354-6290

See also

External links

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