Agriculture, Department of (Commissioner of Agriculture) [RG 0080]

Agriculture, Department of (Commissioner of Agriculture) [RG 0080]


The Department of Agriculture is under the direction of the elected Commissioner of Agriculture, Labor and Statistics, as provided in the Kentucky Constitution (Const., Sec. 91). Section 93 of the Constitution provides that the Commissioner's duties and responsibilities shall be established by law. The General Assembly has set forth the major portions of the Commissioner's duties in KRS Chapters 246, 247, 251, 252, 257, 258, 260, and 261. The basic purpose of the Department, as set forth in the statutes, is to serve farmers, agribusiness, and consumers, which includes regulatory services. The Department has regional offices in Paducah, Owensboro, and Florence. For more information see the agency web site

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