South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture

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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.

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.

Divisions

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

Compensation

In 2010, the South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $92,007 according to the Council of State Governments.[1]

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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