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{{South Carolina SEO infobox}}{{tnr}}The '''South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture''' is an appointed executive position in the [[South Carolina]] state government. The [[Agriculture Commissioner|commissioner]] heads the state Department of Agriculture.
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|State = South Carolina
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|Office=Commissioner of Agriculture
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|Office type = Partisan
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|Image =Seal of South Carolina.jpg
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|Office website = http://agriculture.sc.gov/
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|Budget = 14654886
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|Budget year =2012-2013
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|Seats =
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|Term limits =
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article VI, South Carolina Constitution#Section 7|South Carolina Constitution, Article VI, Section 7]]
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|Selected = Elected
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|Current officeholder = Hugh Weathers
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|Partisan = Republican
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|Officeholder image = Hugh Weathers.jpg
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|Assumed office =  January 2005
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|Compensation = 92,007
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|Next election =[[South Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Last election=November 2, 2010
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|Other offices = [[Governor of South Carolina|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[South Carolina Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[South Carolina Comptroller General|Comptroller]] • [[South Carolina Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[South Carolina Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[South Carolina Auditor|Auditor]] • [[South Carolina Adjutant General|Adjutant General]] • [[South Carolina Inspector General|Inspector General]] • [[South Carolina Superintendent of Education|Superintendent of Education]] • [[South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture|Agriculture Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Insurance|Insurance Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Natural Resources|Natural Resources Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Director of Labor, Licensing and Regulation|Labor Commissioner]] • [[South Carolina Public Service Commission|Public Service Commission]]
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}}{{tnr}}The '''South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture''' is an appointed executive position in the [[South Carolina]] state government. The [[Agriculture Commissioner|commissioner]] heads the state Department of Agriculture.
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current officeholder is [[Hugh Weathers]].
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The current officeholder is [[Hugh Weathers]] (R). He has served in this position since September 2004.
  
 
==Authority==
 
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==Qualifications==
 
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The qualifications of office were established by the [[South Carolina Legislature|state legislature]] in 1904:
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*good moral character
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*competent knowledge of matters of immigration, manufacturing, publicity and general industries
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
[[Article VI, South Carolina Constitution#Section 7|Article VI, Section 7]] of the [[South Carolina Constitution|state constitution]] stipulates the agriculture commissioner will be elected every four years, to a term of four year term. The commissioner, like South Carolina's other executive officials, is elected in mid-term elections: 2010, 2014, and 2018.
 
[[Article VI, South Carolina Constitution#Section 7|Article VI, Section 7]] of the [[South Carolina Constitution|state constitution]] stipulates the agriculture commissioner will be elected every four years, to a term of four year term. The commissioner, like South Carolina's other executive officials, is elected in mid-term elections: 2010, 2014, and 2018.
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==Vacancies==
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In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term.<ref name="SClaws">[http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t46c003.php ''South Carolina Code of Laws,'' " Title 46, Chapter 3,"  accessed January 18, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Duties==
 
==Duties==
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State law sets out three main duties of the Commissioner:<ref name="SClaws"/>
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*(1) Be charged with all work looking to the promotion of agriculture and cattle raising, including the collection and publication of information in regard to localities, character, accessibility, cost and modes of utilization of soils and, more specifically, the inducement of capital to invest in agriculture and cattle raising by the dissemination of information relative to the advantages of soil and climate and other natural resources of the State;
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*(2) Collect from the farmers and landowners of the State and list information as to lands, stating the number of acres, the location and the terms upon which they may be bought; and
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*(3) Keep a land registry and in connection therewith from time to time issue a publication descriptive of such listed agricultural, forest and trucking lands as may be offered to the Department for sale or share, such publication to be in an attractive form, setting forth the county, township, number of acres, names and addresses of owners and such other information as may be helpful in placing inquiring homeseekers in communication with the landowners.
  
 
==Divisions==
 
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*Agricultural Services
 
*Agricultural Services
 
*Laboratory and Consumer Services
 
*Laboratory and Consumer Services
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $14,654,886.<ref> [http://www.budget.sc.gov/webfiles/OSB/budget%20plans/P16-FY1314.pdf ''South Carolina Budget and Control Board,'' "Current Budget Plans FY 2013-2014,"  accessed April 9, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
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[[Category:Offices of the American agriculture commissioners]]
 
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Revision as of 16:01, 9 April 2013

South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $14,654,886
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  South Carolina Constitution, Article VI, Section 7
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Hugh Weathers.jpg
Name:  Hugh Weathers
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 2005
Compensation:  $92,007
Elections
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
Other South Carolina Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateComptrollerAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorAdjutant GeneralInspector GeneralSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture is an appointed executive position in the South Carolina state government. The commissioner heads the state Department of Agriculture.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Hugh Weathers (R). He has served in this position since September 2004.

Authority

The South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture's authority is established in Article VI, Section 7 of the state constitution.

Article VI, Section 7:

There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected.

Qualifications

The qualifications of office were established by the state legislature in 1904:


"the qualifications of a good moral character and a competent knowledge of matters of immigration, manufacturing, publicity and general industries."
  • good moral character
  • competent knowledge of matters of immigration, manufacturing, publicity and general industries

Elections

Article VI, Section 7 of the state constitution stipulates the agriculture commissioner will be elected every four years, to a term of four year term. The commissioner, like South Carolina's other executive officials, is elected in mid-term elections: 2010, 2014, and 2018.

Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy, the governor appoints a successor for the remainder of the unexpired term.[1]

Duties

State law sets out three main duties of the Commissioner:[1]

  • (1) Be charged with all work looking to the promotion of agriculture and cattle raising, including the collection and publication of information in regard to localities, character, accessibility, cost and modes of utilization of soils and, more specifically, the inducement of capital to invest in agriculture and cattle raising by the dissemination of information relative to the advantages of soil and climate and other natural resources of the State;
  • (2) Collect from the farmers and landowners of the State and list information as to lands, stating the number of acres, the location and the terms upon which they may be bought; and
  • (3) Keep a land registry and in connection therewith from time to time issue a publication descriptive of such listed agricultural, forest and trucking lands as may be offered to the Department for sale or share, such publication to be in an attractive form, setting forth the county, township, number of acres, names and addresses of owners and such other information as may be helpful in placing inquiring homeseekers in communication with the landowners.

Divisions

  • Office of the Commissioner
  • Administrative Services
  • Agricultural Services
  • Laboratory and Consumer Services

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $14,654,886.[2]

Compensation

In 2010, the South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $92,007 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Contact information

South Carolina Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 11280
Columbia, SC 29211

Phone: (803) 734-2210
Fax: (803) 734-2192

See also

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