Changes in State Agriculture Commissioners Positions Coming

Tuesday’s midterm saw many changes at both the federal and state government levels. In particular, results in gubernatorial and agriculture commissioner races in key farm states could change the landscape of ag-policy at the state level.

Key agriculture commissioner races were held in Alabama, Florida, and Iowa. In Alabama, Republican Rick Pate, a Charolais cattle breeder and farmer, won an uncontested election. Mike Naig won the Iowa Agriculture Commissioner race with 50% of the vote to Democratic candidate Tim Gannon’s 47%. Florida’s agriculture commissioner race between Republican Matt Caldwell and Democrat Nikki Fried has yet to be decided, and is currently in a recount process due to the candidates being less than 0.5% apart in vote count.

Additionally, according to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA), as many as 21 of the nation’s state agriculture commissioners may change due to gubernatorial election results. Eighteen states elected new governors, with eight of those representing a change in political party.