The formation of the first Board of Agriculture was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly on March 5, 1888. As currently established in the Code of Virginia the 15 members of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services include 11 citizen members appointed by the Governor from each of Virginia's congressional districts; two at-large members, one of whom is a structural commercial applicator of pesticides and one of whom is engaged in the commercial sale or application of agricultural pesticides; and the presidents of Virginia State University and Virginia Tech. State law requires that at least eight of the citizen members currently be practicing farmers. A full term of appointment is four years, with members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the General Assembly. Except for those who are initially appointed by the Governor to fill an unexpired term, each citizen member and at-large member is eligible to serve no more than two successive terms.
Powers and duties of the Board include the following:
- Promotes the agricultural interest of Virginia,
- Has the power to receive
and hold in trust donations made for the advancement of agricultural
interests and to administer such trusts,
- Has the power to purchase or lease land, not to exceed 1,000 acres, for VDACS’ programs, and to regulate and prescribe the salaries of such officers and employees of VDACS employed in such programs,
- Advises the Governor on the state
of the industry of agriculture and offers the Governor recommendations
on actions to be taken to promote the industry's development,
with members of the agricultural community and with federal and state
agencies to develop and implement programs that will provide for a
strong and viable industry of agriculture in the Commonwealth,
- Receives annual reports from the
state's commodity boards concerning their progress in promoting the
- Has the authority to prescribe, adopt and promulgate rules and regulations necessary to administer and enforce laws (approximately 70) relating to agriculture, commerce, pesticide use, and the consumer, and
- Is called upon from time to time by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services to give advice and support concerning the development of new agency programs, organizational changes and other administrative matters.
Elected Officers (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016)
Steven W. Sturgis
Robert J. Mills, Jr.
||O. Bryan Taliaferro, Jr.
||Center Cross, Virginia
||Steven W. Sturgis
||Clifton A. Slade
||Shelley S. Butler-Barlow
||Robert J. Mills, Jr.
||Rosalea R. Potter
||L. Wayne Kirby
||Kay Johnson Smith
||John R. Marker
||L. Kirk Wiles, III
|Pesticides – Commercial Agricultural
||Elizabeth L. White
|Pesticides – Commercial Structural
||Kevin J. Kordek
||Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Timothy D. Sands
Dr. Pamela V. Hammond
|Virginia State University
The Board holds four regular business meetings each year. With
the exception of the summer meeting, which is usually held in a different
area of the state each year, the Board meetings are conducted in the
Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. Additional meetings required for public hearings, planning,
and new member orientation are held as needed. Public hearings are normally
held in conjunction with regular business meetings. Please see Virginia’s Regulatory Town Hall for more information.
Members of the Board may be reached by contacting Kevin Schmidt, Secretary of the Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 804.786.1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org
July 20, 2015
March 19, 2015