NASDA Members

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is comprised of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The commissioner, secretary, or director of each department is the designated representative of the state to participate in NASDA activities.

Twelve of our members are statewide elected officials. All others are appointed by their governors or, in one case, achieved their position through career promotions in public service.

LuAnn Adams

Commissioner - Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Governor Gary R. Herbert has named LuAnn Adams as commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Adams has served as Box Elder County Commissioner since 2011. She also worked 16 years as the Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk. As Box Elder County Commissioner, Adams oversaw a $30 million budget. She implemented a Business Resource Center at Utah State University, as well as the…

Blayne Arthur

Secretary - Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry

On January 14, 2019, Blayne Arthur was sworn in by Governor Kevin Stitt as the Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture—the state’s first female to hold the position. She acts as Governor Stitt’s chief advisor on policy development and implementation related to agriculture, food and forestry, and holds the titles of Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture and the President of the Oklahoma…

Kenneth Ayars

Chief - Rhode Island Division of Agriculture, DEM

Kenneth D. Ayars was named chief of the Division of Agriculture and Resource Marketing of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) this week by DEM Director Andy McLeod. "Farming is an indelible part of Rhode Island's heritage and an important part of our future," said McLeod. "Ken Ayars is committed to agriculture in Rhode Island and to making the role of DEM in…

Richard Ball

Commissioner - New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

On January 9, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the nomination of Richard A. Ball as Commissioner of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. A native New Yorker, Mr. Ball has made a living in agriculture his entire life. His inspiration to become a farmer came from his grandparents, who were lifelong dairy farmers. At 18 years old, Mr. Ball began his career in…

Jim Barbee

Director - Nevada Department of Agriculture

Jim Barbee has worked on policy issues with both the Nevada State Board of Education and the Nevada Legislature. Barbee has served on the National FFA Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a former Secondary Agriculture Educator with a certificate as a Certified Public Manager (CPM). Barbee managed millions in grant monies while a supervisor in Career and Technical…

Joe Bartenfelder

Secretary - Maryland Department of Agriculture

Joseph Bartenfelder was named by Governor Larry Hogan to serve as Secretary of Agriculture on December 23, 2014. He was approved by the Senate and sworn in to office in March 2015. Mr. Bartenfelder grew up on a farm and for more than 35 years has been a full-time farmer and small businessman. His family lives on the home farm in Caroline County, and also owns and operates two other farms…

Gary Black

Commissioner - Georgia Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Gary W. Black is the sixteenth Georgian to hold the office of Commissioner of Agriculture since the department’s inception in 1874. Always involved in the agricultural community, Black began his leadership roles early in his high school years when he joined the Future Farmers of America, later becoming State President of the organization. In his career, Black served 21…

Dr. Jewel Bronaugh

Commissioner - Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

In April 2018, Governor Ralph Northam appointed Dr. Jewel H. Bronaugh as the 16th Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Bronaugh most recently served as the Executive Director of the Center of Agriculture Research, Engagement and Outreach (CAREO) at Virginia State University. In her leadership of CAREO, she assisted in expanding the impact of…

Chris Chinn

Director - Missouri Department of Agriculture

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(573) 751-4211

Chris Chinn, a fifth generation Missouri farmer from Clarence, was named Director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture in January 2017 by Missouri Governor Eric R. Greitens. Director Chinn has held leadership positions in agriculture on the local, state and national level for more than 12 years, working to move the state’s agriculture industry forward. As a trailblazer in ag…

David Daniels

Director - Ohio Department of Agriculture

Director David T. Daniels was formally appointed Ohio Agriculture Director by Governor John R. Kasich on February 15, 2012. He is a native of Greenfield, Ohio, where he was born and raised, and where he and his family managed Daniels Brothers farm. Director Daniels brings the perspective of a family farmer, small businessman and local government official to the department. During his…

Doug Fisher

Secretary - New Jersey Department of Agriculture

The State Board of Agriculture’s appointment of Douglas Fisher as Secretary of Agriculture was approved by Governor Jon S. Corzine on Feb. 10, 2009. At the time, Mr. Fisher was serving as a member of the General Assembly. Governor Chris Christie issued a statement in January of 2010 supporting Mr. Fisher’s continued service and Governor Philip Murphy accepted the State Board of…

Michael Fuiava

Director - American Samoa Government Department of Agriculture

Andy Gipson

Commissioner - Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce

J. Andrew ("Andy") Gipson serves as the Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. He was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant as the eighth Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce in March 2018. Commissioner Gipson served as a State Representative in the Mississippi Legislature from 2008 to 2018, representing the citizens of Simpson and Rankin counties in District…

Dr. Barb Glenn

Chief Executive Officer - NASDA

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Dr. Barbara Glenn recently joined the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) as CEO on August 18, 2014. Dr. Glenn is a scientist with decades of experience as a policy researcher and advocate for agriculture. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Science and Regulatory Affairs for CropLife America, where she was responsible for developing policies and…

Doug Goehring

Commissioner - North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Doug Goehring has been North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner since April 2009 and was elected to a full, four-year term in November 2010. A third-generation family farmer, Commissioner Goehring, along with his son, Dustin, operates a 2,000-acre, no-till farm near Menoken in south central North Dakota, where they raise corn, soybeans, spring wheat, field peas, sunflowers, canola, winter…

Celia Gould

Director - Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Celia Gould was appointed Director of the Idaho State Department of Agriculture by Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and assumed her post on January 2, 2007. In addition to serving as the ISDA Director, Celia is an owner/operator of a third generation farm and ranching operation, GlennDale Ranches of Buhl, Idaho. The family run operation produces commodities such as wheat, corn, hay, Black…

Anna Beth Harris

Executive Assistant to Commissioner Pate - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

Charles Hatcher

Commissioner - Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Charlie Hatcher, D.V.M. was sworn in as Tennessee’s 38th Commissioner of Agriculture on Jan. 19, 2019.Appointed by Governor Bill Lee, Dr. Hatcher is a tenth generation American farmer and a fifth generation Tennessee farmer. Prior to becoming Commissioner, he served for ten years as the State Veterinarian for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In that role, he protected the health…

Shawn Jasper

Commissioner - New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food

Shawn N. Jasper became the 7th Commissioner of Agriculture for the State of New Hampshire in December 2017, appointed by Governor Chris Sununu. A native of New Hampshire, Jasper’s agriculture roots are in the poultry industry where he grew up and worked in the prominent family business, Jasper Poultry Farms.  The farm, started by his grandparents, at one point was the third largest…

Bruce Kettler

Director - Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Bruce Kettler is the Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, appointed by Governor Eric Holcomb on January 8, 2018. He also serves as the Director of Agribusiness Development for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and reports directly to Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. Prior to joining ISDA,…

Mark Killian

Director - Arizona Department of Agriculture

Mr. Killian has been a member of the Arizona Board of Regents since 2010, currently serving as chairman and previously as vice chairman and treasurer. Prior to joining ABOR, he was director of the Arizona Department of Revenue and served for 14 years in the Arizona State Legislature, including as Speaker of the House and House Majority Leader. Mr. Killian also has decades of private…

John Lebeaux

Commissioner - Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Grandson of a farmer and son of a nursery owner, John Lebeaux was sworn in as Commissioner of the Department by Governor Charlie Baker on February 6, 2015. After working at Shrewsbury Nurseries, his family’s nursery/garden center/landscaping business, while a student, John then worked for four years as an Urban Horticulturist in New York City. After rejoining the family business he…

Commissioner Kent Leonhardt

Commissioner - West Virginia Department of Agriculture

Kent Leonhardt is a longtime farmer who began his passion for the industry by reviving a farm that had sat abandoned for over 40 years located in the western end of Monongalia County. The farm, that he still lives on today, was purchased in 1982 and started cultivating crops and raising livestock in 1997. As of 2016, the farm has grown from the original 205 acres to 380 contiguous acres.…

Gary McDowell

Director - Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Commissioner Sid Miller

Commissioner - Texas Department of Agriculture

Sid Miller is serving as the 12th Texas Commissioner of Agriculture, with his first term beginning in January 2015. Commissioner Miller brings a wealth of knowledge to the Texas Department of Agriculture. He is recognized as one of the state’s most dynamic and effective conservative leaders, as well as one of the state’s staunchest defenders of constitutional freedoms. During his six…

Doug Miyamoto

Director - Wyoming Department of Agriculture

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Mike Naig

Secretary - Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Mike Naig grew up on a family farm in the northwest corner of the state near Cylinder, Iowa. Early in his life, Mike learned the value of hard work by helping his dad and uncle run their crop and livestock farm. He continues to be involved in the operation today.  Mike has served as Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture for Northey since September 2013. As Deputy Secretary, Mike has been…

Rick Pate

Commissioner - Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries

Rick Pate grew up working on his family’s cattle and poultry operations in Lowndes County, where he learned the value of hard work and perseverance. Because of his roots in agriculture, he studied horticulture and received his bachelor’s degree in 1978 from Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. Pate put his degree and determination to work and started Pate Landscape Co., Inc.…

Dorothy Pelanda

Director - Ohio Department of Agriculture

Dorothy Pelanda was appointed as the 39th Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture by Governor Mike DeWine on January 10, 2019. Pelanda is the first woman to serve as Director in the Department’s history. Her great-great-great uncle, Gideon Liggett, served eight years (six as treasurer) on the Ohio Board of Agriculture (the precursor to ODA) in the early 1900s. Pelanda has called…

Brad Pfaff

Secretary - Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Brad Pfaff was selected as the secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) by Governor Tony Evers. Pfaff has spent most of his career working on behalf of Wisconsin farmers and rural residents at the local, state and federal level. Pfaff grew up on his family’s dairy farm in La Crosse County. He earned his undergraduate degree…

Adam Putnam

Commissioner - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Adam Putnam was elected to serve as Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture on November 2, 2010, and was sworn into office on January 4, 2011. In this capacity, he is leader of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, a state agency whose mission is to promote Florida agriculture, foster innovation in energy development, provide a safe and abundant food supply, manage…

Commissioner Ryan Quarles

Commissioner - Kentucky Department of Agriculture

Ryan grew up on his family's farm in Scott County, coming from a family that has lived in central Kentucky for over 200 years. Ryan completed three undergraduate majors and two graduate degrees in just four years at the University of Kentucky, graduating in 2006. In 2008, Harvard University awarded Ryan a full scholarship with the Zuckerman Fellows Program, which enabled him to continue…

Russell Redding

Secretary - Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Russell C. Redding was recently nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the 26th Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College. Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C.…

Jim Reese

Secretary - Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry

Jim Reese was appointed to the position of Secretary of Agriculture by Governor Mary Fallin and has been serving in that capacity since January 11, 2011. Jim was raised on a Wheat and Dairy farm in North Central Oklahoma where he continues to farm today. He and his wife, Margaret, have four children. He attended Deer Creek-Lamont High School, Northern Oklahoma College and Oklahoma State…

Steven Reviczky

Commissioner - Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Steven K. Reviczky was named commissioner of agriculture by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in January 2011. In announcing his selection, Governor Malloy described Steve as well known and well respected in Connecticut's agriculture community, and stated that “his leadership at the Department of Agriculture will be invaluable to thousands of family farms across our state." In his first year…

Carlos Robles

Commissioner - Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture

Karen Ross

Secretary - California Department of Food and Agriculture

Karen Ross was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in…

Matt Sablan

Director - Guam Department of Agriculture

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Derek Sandison

Director - Washington State Department of Agriculture

Derek Sandison was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective June 15, 2015. As WSDA director, Derek oversees an agency responsible for animal health, plant inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and certification, weights and measures, pesticide registration and marketing the state's agricultural products regionally…

Michael Scuse

Secretary - Delaware Department of Agriculture

In January 2017, Michael T. Scuse was reappointed by Governor John C. Carney as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture. Scuse previously served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Acting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Acting Deputy Secretary of agriculture, and Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. As Under Secretary, he oversaw USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Risk…

Brenda Smith

Executive Assistant - Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Mike Strain

Commissioner - Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

Dr. Mike Strain, elected to serve as Commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in 2007, was sworn into office in January 2008. Born and raised on a cattle farm in Covington, Strain is no stranger to rural life in Louisiana. He was very active in FFA and 4-H and remains involved in his family’s cattle business. After graduating Covington High School, Strain’s…

John Sullivan

Director - Illinois Department of Agriculture

John M. Sullivan is honored to serve as Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. John has been involved in agriculture his entire life. Born and raised on a farm in western Illinois, he currently lives with his wife, Joan, on the family-owned farm just north of Rushville in Schuyler County. For 20 years, John was a partner in his family’s real estate and auction business. In…

Alexis Taylor

Director - Oregon Department of Agriculture

Alexis Taylor was appointed Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) by Governor Kate Brown in December 2016. As Director, she works with the governor and legislature as well as agricultural, conservation, and consumer groups to carry out the state’s agriculture policy. ODA has a three-fold mission of ensuring food safety and consumer protection, protecting natural…

Anson Tebbetts

Secretary - Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Anson Tebbetts was appointed Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017. Prior to his appointment, Tebbetts spent more than twenty years as part of the WCAX news team, serving as the station’s news director since 2009. From 2007-2009, he stepped away from his role at WCAX to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture,…

Ben Thomas

Director - Montana Department of Agriculture

Prior to joining the department, Ben served as the Deputy Under Secretary for the Marketing and Regulatory Programs Mission Area at the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he helped oversee the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. Prior to that, he served as the Chief of Staff for…

Steve Troxler

Commissioner - North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler was raised in the Guilford County community of Browns Summit and has spent his entire career in agriculture as founder, owner and operator of Troxler Farms. Over the years, the family-owned farm has produced tobacco, wheat, vegetables and soybeans. Since taking office in 2005, Troxler has focused on developing new markets for N.C. farm products,…

Kim Vanneman

Secretary - South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Secretary Kim Vanneman and her husband, Clint, own and operate Vanneman Farms, north of Winner, SD. Their century farm is a diversified farming operation, including row crops, small grains, feeder pigs, a commercial beef cow herd, and a feedlot. She is a former member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2007-2013, serving on the Ag and Natural Resources committee all 6…

Secretary Wes Ward

Secretary - Arkansas Agriculture Department

Wes Ward serves as the Secretary of Agriculture for the State of Arkansas. Wes was appointed to the position in March 2015 by Governor Asa Hutchinson. Wes is from the small town of Lake City in Northeast Arkansas and is a graduate of Riverside High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Agricultural Finance from Arkansas State…

Hugh Weathers

Commissioner - South Carolina Department of Agriculture

Hugh Weathers of Bowman was appointed Commissioner of Agriculture in September 2004 and was first elected to a four-year term as Commissioner in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Commissioner Weathers is a fourth generation farmer. He and his brother, Landy, own and operate Weathers Farms, a dairy operation and Weathers Trucking, a bulk milk delivery service. He is also a partner with Circle…

Cathy Weeks

Executive Assistant - Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Steve Wellman

Director - Nebraska Department of Agriculture

Steve Wellman became the 27th Director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in December 2017, after being appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts. Wellman brings a broad range of experience to the position having farmed in Nebraska for more than 30 years and also serving on various agricultural organizations and advisory committees at the federal, state and local level. Wellman owns and…

Jeff Witte

Secretary - New Mexico Department of Agriculture

Jeff Witte was named the director/secretary of New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) beginning May 16, 2011.  In that capacity he is also the Cabinet secretary for NMDA under Governor Susana Martinez. Mr. Witte served as the assistant director of NMDA from 1994 to 2003 when he became the director for the Office of Agricultural Biosecurity for NMDA and New Mexico State University…