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Revision as of 11:48, 24 December 2013

Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Non-partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2012 FY Budget:  $91,584,700
Term limits:  None
Structure
Authority:  Tennessee Code - Section 4-3-202
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Julius Johnson
Assumed office:  January 2011
Compensation:  $152,400
Other Tennessee Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralComptrollerTreasurerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture CommissionerInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerLabor CommissionerPublic Service Commission
The Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture is an appointed executive position in the Tennessee state government. The commissioner leads the Department of Agriculture, which promotes local produce and products, ensures safe and dependable food and fiber, and works to conserve the state's natural resources.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Julius Johnson.

Authority

The office of the Commissioner of Agriculture is established in the Tennessee Code.[2]

Tennessee Code - Section 4-3-202:

The department of agriculture shall be under the charge and general supervision of the commissioner of agriculture.

Qualifications

Title 43, Chapter, Part 1-101 of the Tennessee code establishes the qualifications of the office:

The commissioner of agriculture, who is in control of the department of agriculture, shall be a practical farmer, actively identified with the agricultural interests of the state.
  • practical farmer
  • actively identified with the agricultural interests of the state

Appointments

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Vacancies

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Duties

Title 43, Chapter, Part 1-106 of the Tennessee code outlines the specific duties of the commissioner:

  • determine agricultural areas adjacent to state highways that are:
  1. row crop areas devoted primarily for the growth of corn, cotton, soy beans, vegetables, and other similar seasonal agricultural commodities; and
  2. grassland areas maintained and used primarily for grazing of livestock

Divisions

  • Agricultural Enhancement
  • Forestry
  • Market Development
  • Regulatory Services

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was $91,584,700.[3]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture was paid an estimated $152,400 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Ellington Agricultural Center
440 Hogan Road
Nashville, TN 37220

Phone: (615) 837-5103
E-mail: TN.Agriculture@tn.gov
Commissioner Johnson's e-mail: julius.johnson@TN.gov

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