Wyoming Director of Agriculture

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Wyoming Director of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013-2014 FY Budget:  $39,865,755
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the governor
Authority:  Wyoming Code, Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 1
Selection Method:  Appointed by Governor
Current Officeholder

Jason Fearneyhough.jpg
Name:  Jason Fearneyhough
Assumed office:  July 1, 2009
Compensation:  $107,588
Other Wyoming Executive Offices
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The Wyoming Director of Agriculture is an appointed position in the Wyoming state government. The director regulates Wyoming's agriculture industry. Because Wyoming does not have a separate natural resources commissioner, the director of agriculture is also responsible for the stewardship of the state's natural resources.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Jason Fearneyhough.


Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 1 of the Wyoming Code created the department of agriculture and established the director of agriculture as its manager:

A state department of agriculture is created under the management and control of the director with the advice of the board of agriculture...


Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming Code establishes the qualifications of the office:

(a) The director of the department of agriculture shall:
  1. Be a college graduate with at least five (5) years experience in agriculture; or
  2. Have at least twelve (12) years experience in agriculture and otherwise be qualified if not a college or university graduate.

(b) The governor with the approval of the senate, shall appoint the director. The director shall serve at the pleasure of the governor and may be removed by the governor as provided in W.S. 9-1-202. Any vacancy shall be filled by the governor in accordance with W.S. 28-12-101.

  • a college graduate with at least 5 years experience in agriculture; OR
  • have at least 12 years experience in agriculture and otherwise be qualified if not a college or university graduate


Wyoming state government organizational chart

According to Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming Code, the director of agriculture shall be appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the governor.[1]


Title 11, Chapter 2, Article 2 of the Wyoming Code details how vacancies in the office are filled. In the event of a vacancy for any reason, the governor shall fill the vacancy in accordance with Wyoming Statute § 28-12-101.

The governor appoints a successor, with the advice and consent of the state senate. In the event that the legislature is not in session when the position becomes vacant, the governor may fill the seat by temporary appointment to be effective until March 1 of the ensuing calendar year.[2]


Wyoming's Director of Agriculture is responsible for overseeing the state's agriculture industry and managing its natural resources.

Title 11, Chapter 2, Section 2 of the Wyoming Code outlines the powers and duties of the director:

  • act as secretary and executive officer of the Wyoming Board of Agriculture;
  • enforce and execute all laws of the state and rules and regulations of the board;
  • cooperate with other state institutions and organizations, the agricultural departments of other states and the secretary of agriculture of the United States;
  • foster a practicable conservation of state natural resources;
  • publish information of practical value to state agricultural interests for free distribution among the farmers and other interested persons within the state;
  • promulgate necessary rules and regulations to implement W.S. 11-2-202.[3]


There are six divisions within the Wyoming Department of Agriculture:[4]

  • The Administration Division provides fiscal, personnel, informational, technology, education, administrative support and special projects for the entire department.
  • The Analytical Services Lab Division provides chemical and bacteriological analyses of antifreeze, livestock feed, forage, grain, fertilizer, dairy products, raw milk, food products, meat, petroleum fuels, natural gas, LP gas, pesticide formulations, pesticide residues, soils, ground water, surface water, drinking water, irrigation water, waste water, and sludges.
  • The Consumer Health Services Division oversees the safety of Wyoming's food supply, inspects swimming pools and drinking water, and assists communities with nuisance complaints.
  • The Natural Resources & Policy Division manages and enhances the state's natural resources.
  • The Technical Services Division oversees state laws in seven different program areas: administration, pesticides, plant industry, rodent & predator management, seed lab, weed & pest, and weights & measures.
  • The Wyoming State Fair Division

State budget

The budget for the Department of Agriculture in Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is $39,865,755.[5]



In 2013, the Wyoming commissioner was paid an estimated $110,748.[6]


In 2010, the Wyoming Commissioner of Insurance was paid an estimated $107,588 according to the Council of State Governments.[7]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information


Wyoming Department of Agriculture:
2219 Carey Avenue
Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307-777-7321
Fax: 307-777-6593

Contact information for all divisions

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