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Missouri Director of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $40,642,234
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the governor's pleasure
Authority:  Missouri Constitution, Article IV, Section 35, the Executive Department
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor with the consent of the state senate
Current Officeholder
Name:  Richard Fordyce
Assumed office:  2013
Compensation:  $120,000
Other Missouri Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of EducationAgriculture DirectorInsurance DirectorNatural Resources DirectorLabor DirectorPublic Service Commission
The Missouri Director of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Missouri state government.

The director serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, which was established in 1933. The Department sets agriculture policy, assists farmers, and regulates the industry.

The mission statement of the department is "To serve, promote, and protect the agricultural producers, processors, and consumers of Missouri’s food, fuel, and fiber products."[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Richard Fordyce, who was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in December 2013. Fordyce follows Harry Bozoian, who was appointed on Oc. 11, 2013 to replace fired previous officeholder Jon Hagler.[2][3]

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the office of director of agriculture in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section 35:

The department of agriculture shall be in charge of a director appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the senate...

Qualifications

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Appointments

Missouri state government organizational chart

Per Article IV, section 35 of the Missouri Constitution, the director of agriculture is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.

Vacancies

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Duties

The Missouri Department of Agriculture sets agriculture policy and provides assistance to farmers throughout the state. Its duties include consumer protection, public health roles, environmental advocacy, agricultural marketing, public information and awareness, and promoting new technology and new uses for Missouri’s agricultural goods.[4]

Divisions

The Department of Agriculture is composed of the following divisions:[4]

  • Office of the Director
  • Agriculture Business Development
  • Animal Health
  • Grain Inspection & Warehousing
  • Plant Industries
  • Weights & Measures

State budget

The Department of Agriculture's budget for 2012-2013 was $40,642,234.[5]

Compensation

Article IV, Section 21 of the state Constitution addresses compensation of executive officials:

Under Article IV, Section 21:

The officers named in this article shall receive for their services salaries fixed by law, which shall not be increased or diminished during their terms.

In 2010, the Missouri Director of Agriculture was paid an estimated $120,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[6]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Missouri Department of Agriculture
PO Box 630
1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-751-4211
TTYD: 800-735-2966
Fax: 573-751-1784

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