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Revision as of 16:20, 30 April 2013

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $91,170,486
Term limits:  None
Authority:   North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Steve Troxler.jpg
Name:  Steve Troxler
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  February 8, 2005
Compensation:  $123,198
Next election:  November 8, 2016
Last election:  November 6, 2012
Other North Carolina Executive Offices
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The North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture is a state executive position in the North Carolina state government.

The Commissioner of Agriculture is the head of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and is a member of the Council of State.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Steve Troxler (R). He assumed office in February 2005 and won re-election in 2008 and 2012.


The position and duties of Commissioner of Agriculture are established by Article III, Section 7 of the North Carolina Constitution.

Article III, Section 7:

A Secretary of State, an Auditor, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Public Instruction, an Attorney General, a Commissioner of Agriculture, a Commissioner of Labor, and a Commissioner of Insurance shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State...


Article VI, Section 6 of the North Carolina Constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Every qualified voter in North Carolina who is 21 years of age, except as in this Constitution disqualified, shall be eligible for election by the people to office.
  • Qualified North Carolina voter
  • 21 years of age


North Carolina elects Agriculture Commissioners in Presidential election years. For North Carolina, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020 are all agriculture commissioner election years. They are elected to a four-year term, which begins the first day of January following the election.


See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Incumbent Steve Troxler (R) successfully won re-election, defeating Walter Smith (D) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Walter Smith 46.8% 2,025,054
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Troxler Incumbent 53.2% 2,303,586
Total Votes 4,328,640
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article III, Section 7.

If a vacancy occurs in the office, the Governor appoints another to serve until a successor is elected and qualified. Every such vacancy shall be filled by election at the first election for members of the General Assembly that occurs more than 60 days after the vacancy has taken place, and the person chosen shall hold the office for the remainder of the unexpired term fixed in this Section.


The Commissioner of Agriculture is in charge of the 1,400+ employees and 17 divisions that make up the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their primary goal is "maintaining and enhancing the ability of agriculture to produce an adequate supply of food and fiber in North Carolina," as well as enforcing regulatory programs.[1]


The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is under control of the Commissioner of Agriculture. The Department has 19 main divisions.[2]

Agricultural Statistics Division

The mission of the Agricultural statistics Division is "to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to North Carolina and U.S. agriculture."

Agronomic Services Division

The Agronomic Services Division "analyzes soil samples, plant, solution and irrigation water samples, and animal, municipal and industrial wastes. Recommendations made by these services are designed to improve production efficiency and protect natural resources."

Budget and Finance Division

The Budget and Finance Division is in charge of all business affairs of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Emergency Programs Division

The mission of the Emergency Programs Division is to "reduce the vulnerability to or the impact from, any disaster, disease or terrorist attack on North Carolina’s food and agriculture sector."

Environmental Programs Division

The Environmental Programs Division advises the Commissioner, Chief Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture on environmental related issues.

Food Distribution Division

The Food Distribution Division distributes USDA commodities to eligible Recipient Agencies through nine food programs.

Food and Drug Protection Division

The Food and Drug Protection Division "assures consumers that foods, feeds, drugs, cosmetics, and automotive antifreezes are safe, wholesome and properly labeled."

Human Resources

Human Resources provides support to the department's divisions in all areas of personnel administration.

Marketing Division

The [Marketing Division] "promotes the sale of North Carolina products, develops and expands markets, reports farm market prices on major commodities, and determines and certifies official grades of farm products."

Meat and Poultry Inspection Division

The Meat and Poultry Inspection Division enforces state Meat and Poultry Products Inspection Laws, ensures that meat and poultry plants meet state inspection guidelines, and undertakes enforcement actions as appropriate.

NC State Fair

The NC State Fair takes place every October. During the rest of the year, fair buildings and grounds are rented to provide capital to operate the fairgrounds at a break-even point and to fund ground improvements.

Plant Industry Division

The mission of the Plant Industry Division is "to ensure seed and fertilizer and other soil additives offered for sale in North Carolina meet prescribed standards and are truthfully labeled, to protect the state’s agriculture and natural environment from introduced plant pests, including insects, diseases and noxious weeds, and to enhance and protect our state’s endangered and threatened plants."

Property and Construction Division

The mission of the Property and Construction Division provides support to all of the Department's divisions in the areas of Property and Construction.

Public Affairs Division

The Public Affairs Division serves as the central point of contact for the news media. They are responsible for news releases, interviews, fact sheets, web pages and other communication materials.

Research Stations Division

The mission of the Research Stations Division is "To manage crop and livestock facilities that serve as a platform for agriculture research to make farming more efficient, productive, and profitable, while maintaining a sound environment and providing consumers with safe

and affordable products."

Office of Small Farms

The Office of Small Farms "provides services to small, limited-resource and minority farmers who are traditionally underserved. These services are provided through outreach and education to assist this audience in making informed decisions and providing advocacy for those who do not have a voice."

Standards Division

The [Research Stations Division] "is a regulatory agency responsible for enforcing the North Carolina Weights and Measures Act (G.S. 81A), the Gasoline and Oil Inspection Law (G.S. 119), and the LP-Gas Inspection Law (G.S. 119 Article 5)."

Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division

The Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division regulates the pesticide and pest control industry by licensing commercial operators and administering laws governing the industry.

Veterinary Division

The Veterinary Division administraters regulatory animal health programs and its diagnostic laboratory system.

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Fiscal Year 2013 was $91,170,486.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

Article III, Section 9 defines the method by which the Agriculture Commissioner's compensation is set:

The officers whose offices are established by this Article shall at stated periods receive the compensation and allowances prescribed by law, which shall not be diminished during the time for which they have been chosen.


In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $123,198. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.


In 2010, the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner was paid an estimated $123,198 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Former officeholders

Since the office was established in 1877, North Carolina has had 16 agriculture commissioners

Click "show" for former officeholders.

Contact information

Physical Address:
2 West Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Mailing Address:
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
Phone: (919) 707-3000

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