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{{Stategov}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture''' is a state executive position in the North Carolina state government.   
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|State = North Carolina
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|Office=Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Image =Seal of North Carolina.png
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|Office website = http://www.ncagr.gov/commissioner/index.htm
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|Budget = 91170486
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|Budget year =2013
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|Seats =
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|Term limits =
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|Length of term =
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|Authority =[[Article III, North Carolina Constitution| North Carolina Constitution, Article III, Section 7]]
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|Selected =  Elected
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|Chair =
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|Current officeholder = Steve Troxler
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|Partisan = Republican
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|Officeholder image = Steve Troxler.jpg
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|Assumed office =  February 8, 2005
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|Compensation =123,198
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|Next election =November 8, 2016
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|Last election=[[North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
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|Other offices =  [[Governor of North Carolina|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[North Carolina Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[North Carolina Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[North Carolina Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[North Carolina Auditor|Auditor]] • [[North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction|Superintendent of Education]] • [[North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[North Carolina Commissioner of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[North Carolina Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[North Carolina Commissioner of Labor|Labor Commissioner]] • [[North Carolina Utilities Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture''' is a state executive position in the North Carolina state government.   
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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==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current officeholder is [[Steve Troxler]] (R). He assumed office in February 2005 and won a second term in November 2008.
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The current officeholder is [[Steve Troxler]] (R). He assumed office in February 2005 and won re-election in 2008 and 2012.
  
 
==Authority==
 
==Authority==
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'''Article III, Section 7''':
 
'''Article III, Section 7''':
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| ''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...''
 
| ''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...''
 
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==Qualifications==
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'''Article VI, Section 6''' of the [[North Carolina Constitution]] establishes the qualifications of the office:
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*Qualified North Carolina voter
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*21 years of age
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
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.
 
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.
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===2012===
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:''See also: [[North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012]]''
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Incumbent [[Steve Troxler]] (R) successfully won re-election, defeating [[Walter Smith]] (D) in the [[State executive official elections, 2012|November 6, 2012 general election]].
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{{NCGeneralAgriculture2012Results}}
  
 
==Vacancies==
 
==Vacancies==
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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.
 
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.
  
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==Duties==
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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.<ref>[http://www.ncagr.gov/Commissioner/CommissionerRole.htm ''North Carolina Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services,'' "The Role of the Commissioner of Agriculture," retrieved May 14, 2011]</ref>
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==Divisions==
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The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is under control of the Commissioner of Agriculture.  The Department has 19 main divisions.<ref>[http://www.ncagr.gov/htm/divisions.htm ''North Carolina Department Of Agriculture and Consumer Services,'' "Divisions," retrieved May 14, 2011]</ref>
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===<u>Agricultural Statistics Division</u>===
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:The mission of the [http://www.ncagr.gov/stats/ Agricultural statistics Division] is "to provide timely, accurate, and useful statistics in service to North Carolina and U.S. agriculture."
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  |title=<u>Contact Agricultural Statistics</u>
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|1 = Herb Vanderberry, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: P. O. Box 27767 Raleigh, NC 27611<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-856-4394<BR>
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Email: NCagstat@ncagr.gov<BR>
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Fax: 919-856-4139<BR>
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}}<br/><br/>
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===<u>Agronomic Services Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/agronomi/ 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."
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  |title=<u>Contact Agronomic Services</u>
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|1 = Colleen M. Hudak-Wise, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1040 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1040<BR>
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Physical Address: 4300 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-2655<BR>
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Email: colleen.hudak@ncagr.gov<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-2837<BR>
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}}<br/><br/>
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===<u>Budget and Finance Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/budget/ Budget and Finance Division] is in charge of all business affairs of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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|1 = Terri Overton, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-707-3030<BR>
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Fax: 919-715-0026<BR>
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===<u>Emergency Programs Division</u>===
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:The mission of the [http://www.ncagr.gov/oep/ 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."
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|1 = Sharron Stewart, Director
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Mailing Address:1035 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-807-4300<BR>
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Fax: 919-807-4303<BR>
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===<u>Environmental Programs Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/environmentalprograms/ Environmental Programs Division] advises the Commissioner, Chief Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture on environmental related issues.
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|1 = Dewitt Hardee, Manager<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1005 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-707-3071<BR>
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Fax: 919-716-0105<BR>
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===<u>Food Distribution Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/fooddist/ Food Distribution Division] distributes USDA commodities to eligible Recipient Agencies through nine food programs.
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|1 = Gary Gay, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: P. O. Box 659, Butner, North Carolina 27509-0659
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Physical Address: 2582 W. Lyon Station Road, Creedmoor, North Carolina 27522
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Phone: 919-575-4490<BR>
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Fax: 919-575-4143<BR>
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===<u>Food and Drug Protection Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/fooddrug/ Food and Drug Protection Division] "assures consumers that foods, feeds, drugs, cosmetics, and automotive antifreezes are safe, wholesome and properly labeled."
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|1 = Daniel L. Ragan, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1070 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1070<BR>
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Physical Address: 4000 Reedy Creek Road, Raleigh NC 27607-6465<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-7366<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-6801<BR>
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===<u>Human Resources</u>===
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: [http://www.ncagr.gov/hr/ Human Resources] provides support to the department's divisions in all areas of personnel administration.
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|1 = Ben Harward, Director
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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh , NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address:2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-2243<BR>
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Fax: 919-715-4295<BR>
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===<u>Marketing Division</u>===
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: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."
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|1 = Tom Slade, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-707-3100<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-0999<BR>
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===<u>Meat and Poultry Inspection Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/meatpoultry/ 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.
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|1 = Donald H. Delozier, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street , Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-4136<BR>
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Email: Pamela.Flood@ncagr.gov<BR>
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Fax: 919-715-0246<BR>
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===<u>NC State Fair</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncstatefair.org/ 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.
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|1 = Wesley Wyatt, Manager<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1010 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1010<BR>
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Physical Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raleigh NC 27607<BR>
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Phone: 919-821-7400<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-5079<BR>
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===<u>Plant Industry Division</u>===
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:The mission of the [http://www.ncagr.gov/plantindustry/ 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."
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Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060<BR>
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Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-3933<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-1041<BR>
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===<u>Property and Construction Division</u>===
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:The mission of the [http://www.ncagr.gov/property/ Property and Construction Division] provides support to all of the Department's divisions in the areas of Property and Construction.
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|1 = Kent Yelverton, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address:2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-807-4368<BR>
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Fax: 919-807-4364<BR>
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===<u>Public Affairs Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/paffairs/ 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.
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|1 = Brian Long, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-707-3001<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-5047<BR>
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===<u>Research Stations Division</u>===
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:The mission of the [http://www.ncagr.gov/research/ 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
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Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address:2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-3236<BR>
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Email: eddie.pitzer@ncagr.gov<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-1754<BR>
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===<u>Office of Small Farms</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/smallfarms/ 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."
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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-707-3065<BR>
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Fax: 919-716-0105<BR>
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===<u>Standards Division</u>===
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: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)."
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|1 = Stephen Benjamin, Director<BR>
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Mailing Address:1050 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1050<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-3313<BR>
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Fax: 919-715-0524<BR>
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===<u>Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/SPCAP/ Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division] regulates the pesticide and pest control industry by licensing commercial operators and administering laws governing the industry.
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|1 = James W. Burnette, Jr., Director<BR>
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Mailing Address: 1090 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1090<BR>
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Physical Address: 2109 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-6100<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-0633<BR>
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===<u>Veterinary Division</u>===
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:The [http://www.ncagr.gov/vet/ Veterinary Division] administraters regulatory animal health programs and its diagnostic laboratory system.
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|1 = Dr. David Marshall, State Veterinarian<BR>
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Mailing Address:1030 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1030<BR>
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Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601<BR>
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Phone: 919-733-7601<BR>
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Fax: 919-733-2277<BR>
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}}<br/><br/>
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in Fiscal Year 2013 was $91,170,486.<ref> [http://www.osbm.state.nc.us/files/pdf_files/2011PLS_rev.pdf ''North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management,'' "2011-2013 Post Legislative Budget Summary," accessed April 13, 2013] </ref>
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==Compensation==
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:: ''See also: [[Compensation of state executive officers]]''
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'''Article III, Section 9''' defines the method by which the Agriculture Commissioner's compensation is set:
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===2012===
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In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated [[Compensation of state executive officers|$123,198]]. This figure comes from the [[Council of State Governments]].
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===2010===
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In 2010, the North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner was paid an estimated $123,198 according to the [[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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==Historical officeholders==
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Since the office was established in 1877, North Carolina has had 16 agriculture commissioners
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Click '''"show"''' for former officeholders.
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! Took office
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! Left office
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|1
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|Leonidas L. Polk
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|1877
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|1880
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|
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|-
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|2
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|Montford McGehee
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|1880
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|1887
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|
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|-
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|3
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|John Robinson
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|1887
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|1895
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|
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|-
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|4
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|Samuel L. Patterson
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|1895
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|1897
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|
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|-
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|5
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|James M. Mewborn
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|1897
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|1898
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|
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|-
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|6
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|John R. Smith
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|1898
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|1899
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|
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|-
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|7
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|Samuel L. Patterson
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|1899
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|1908
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|
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|-valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;"
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|8
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|William A. Graham
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|1908
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|1923
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|Democrat
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|-
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|9
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|William A. Graham, Jr.
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|1923
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|1937
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|
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|-valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;"
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|10
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|William Kerr Scott
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|1937
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|1948
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|Democrat
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|-
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|11
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|David S. Coltrane
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|1948
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|1949
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|
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|-valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;"
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|12
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|Lynton Y. Ballentine
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|1949
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|1964
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| Democrat
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|-
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|13
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|James A. Graham
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|1964
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|2000
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|
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|-valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;"
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|14
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|Meg Scott Phipps
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|2001
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|2003
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|Democrat
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|-valign="bottom" style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;"
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Revision as of 08:25, 24 June 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
Structure
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
Elections
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.

Authority

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...

Qualifications

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

Elections

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.

2012

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.


Vacancies

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.

Duties

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]

Divisions

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]

Compensation

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.

2012

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

2010

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

Historical officeholders

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

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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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