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Washington Director of Agriculture

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The Washington Director of Agriculture is an appointed state executive position in the Washington state government.

The director of agriculture is responsible for promoting and protecting agriculture and its dependent rural community in Washington state.

Current officeholder

The current, outgoing officeholder Dan Newhouse. He will be succeeded on April 1 by Donald "Bud" Hover, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee on March 12, 2013.[1]


The office of the Director of Agriculture is established in the Washington Code.[2]

Washington Code - 43.23.002:

The executive and administrative head of the department of agriculture shall be the director. The director shall be appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate and shall have complete charge of and supervisory power over the department.


Article 3, Section 25 of the state constitution establishes the qualifications of the office:

Qualifications, Compensation, Offices Which May Be Abolished. No person, except a citizen of the United States and a qualified elector of this state, shall be eligible to hold any state office...
  • a citizen of the United States
  • a qualified elector in Washington


The director of agriculture is appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate.[2]


The director of agriculture is responsible for the development of markets for agricultural products, state and federal marketing programs, land utilization for agricultural purposes, water resources, transportation, and farm labor.[3]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Washington Director of Agriculture was paid an estimated $118,800 according to the Council of State Governments.

In 2010, the director of agriculture was paid an estimated $122,478, according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Contact information

Washington State Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Building
P.O. Box 42560
1111 Washington ST SE
Olympia, WA 98504-2560
Phone: (360) 902-1800

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