Ohio Director of Agriculture

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Ohio Director of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $47,937,605
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

David T. Daniels.jpg
Name:  David T. Daniels
Assumed office:  February 16, 2012
Compensation:  $121,784
Other Ohio Executive Offices
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The Ohio Director of Agriculture is an appointed executive position in the Ohio state government. The director is responsible for regulating the state's agriculture industry and protecting its food supply.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is David T. Daniels. He was first appointed by Governor John Kasich on February 15, 2012.[1]

Authority

In 1845, a group of Ohio farmers came together and organized the Ohio Board of Agriculture. A year later, the Ohio General Assembly formally recognized the group, and in 1920 the name was changed to the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications for this office. General qualifications to hold a statewide, constitutionally authorized office are outlined in Article VX, Section 4 of the state Constitution:

No person shall be elected or appointed to any office in this state unless possessed of the qualifications of an elector.

  • resident of Ohio
  • a qualified elector
  • at least 18 years old

Appointments

The director of agriculture is appointed by, and serves as the pleasure of, the governor.

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor will appoint a successor.

Duties

The duties of the director and the department of agriculture have evolved over time. What started as a loosely organized group of farmers interested in starting county fairs across Ohio has become the driving force behind Ohio's rise to become one of the leading agricultural states in the country. The specific duties of the office include:

  • oversee the county and state fair systems
  • coordinate with local county agricultural boards
  • assist farmers in increasing production and enhancing crop and livestock quality
  • work to contain and eliminate diseases in both wild and domesticated animals
  • inspects and monitors the safety of amusement park rides
  • maintain standards and for weights and measurements, and inspect measurement devices[2]

Divisions

The department of agriculture has several divisions within the office that work together towards its mission. In addition to administrative, communications, legal, and marketing teams that handle more of the non-policy work of the department, there are 11 divisions that each handle a unique aspect of the work of the department of agriculture:

State budget

The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2013 was $47,937,605.[3]

Compensation

In 2010, the Ohio Director of Insurance was paid an estimated $111,072 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Ohio

Ohio Department of Agriculture
8995 East Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399

Phone: 614-728-6201
Fax: 614-728-6310
TTY: 1-800-750-0750

E-mail: Administration
E-mail, phone, and fax information for all divisions

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