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Board of Agriculture and Consumer Services

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,
  • Works 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 industry,
  • 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.
Kevin Schmidt
Board Members
1st District
O. Bryan Taliaferro, Jr. Center Cross, Virginia
2nd District
Steven W. Sturgis Eastville, Virginia
3rd District
Clifton A. Slade Surry, Virginia
4th District Shelley S. Butler-Barlow Suffolk, Virginia
5th District Robert J. Mills, Jr. Callands, Virginia
6th District Rosalea R. Potter  Lexington, Virginia
7th District L. Wayne Kirby Mechanicsville, Virginia
8th District
Kay Johnson Smith Arlington, Virginia
9th District Vacant  
10th District John R. Marker Winchester, Virginia
11th District
L. Kirk Wiles, III  Clifton, Virginia
Pesticides – Commercial Agricultural
Elizabeth L. White Winchester, Virginia
Pesticides – Commercial Structural
Kevin J. Kordek Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ex Officio Members
Dr. Timothy D. Sands
Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia
Dr. Pamela V. Hammond
Virginia State University Petersburg, Virginia

Meetings/Public Hearings
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

Meeting Notice

July 20, 2015

Hearing Notice

March 19, 2015


Draft Minutes
Final Minutes

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