North Carolina State Government

Commissioner of Agriculture

 Department Website:
www.ncagr.gov


Steve Troxler

The Commissioner is the head of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and is a member of the Council of State. The Board of Agriculture was created by the General Assembly in 1877, and the Commissioner was appointed by this board until 1900, when the Commissioner was then elected by the people. Per the current State Constitution, the Commissioner of Agriculture is part of the Council of State.

The Commissioner is in charge of the 1,400+ employees and 24 divisions that make up the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Their primary goal is "maintaining and enhancing the ability of agriculture to produce an adequate supply of food and fiber in North Carolina," as well as enforcing regulatory programs.

The twenty-four (24) divisions with the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services are:

- Agrigultural Statistics Division
- Agronomic Services Division
- Budget and Finance Division
- Emergency Programs Division
- Environmental Programs Division
- Farmland Preservation Division
- Food Distribution Division
- Food and Drug Protection Division
- Human Resources Office
- Internal Audit Division
- Marketing Division
- Meat and Poultry Inspection Division
- NC Agricultural Finance Authority
- NC Forest Service
- NC State Fair Division
- Plant Industry Division
- Property and Construction Division
- Public Affairs Division
- Research Stations Division
- Office of Small Farms
- Soil & Water Conservation Division
- Standards Division
- Structural Pest Control and Pesticides Division
- Veterinary Division

The Mission of the Department of Agriculture is to provide services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forests; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources for the prosperity of all North Carolinians.

Past Commissioners of Agriculture

Name

Year(s)

Notes/Comments

Steve Troxler

2005 - present
Elected on November 2, 2004, took office on February 8, 2005.

W. Britt Cobb

2003 - 2005
Appointed by Governor Michael F. Easley to fill the term of Meg S. Phipps.

Meg Scott Phipps

2001 - 2003
Resigned.

James Allen Graham

1964 - 2000
Appointed by Governor James Terry Sanford. Elected for several terms.

Lynton Y. Ballentine

1949 - 1964
Died on July 19, 1964.

David S. Coltrane

1948 - 1949
Appointed by Governor Robert G. Cherry. Elected in 1948 to complete Scott's term.

William Kerr Scott

1937 - 1948
Resigned in February of 1948. Later Governor of North Carolina ('54-'58)

William A. Graham, Jr.

1923 - 1937
Appointed by Governor Cameron A. Morrison. Elected for several terms.

William A. Graham

1908 - 1923
Appointed by Governor Robert B. Glenn. Elected several more terms. Died on December 24, 1923.

Samuel L. Patterson

1899 - 1908
Elected by the general assembly on March 6, 1899. Re-elected in the general
elections of 1900 and served following re-election in 1904 until his death on September 14, 1908.

John R. Smith

1898 - 1899
-

James M. Mewborn

1897 - 1898
Resigned on January 1, 1898.

Samuel L. Patterson

1895 - 1897
-

John Robinson

1887 - 1895
-

Montford McGehee

1880 - 1887
-

Leonidas L. Polk

1877 - 1880
Chosen by the Board of Agriculture on April 2, 1877 and served until his apparent resignation in 1880.


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