1.  There is hereby created a department of agriculture to be headed by a director of the department of agriculture to be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and consent of the senate.  The director shall possess the qualifications presently provided by law for the position of commissioner of agriculture.

 2.  All powers, duties and functions now vested by law to the commissioner of the department of agriculture and the department of agriculture, chapter 261 and others, are transferred by type I transfer to the director of the department of agriculture and to the department of agriculture herein created.

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 261.023

  • Advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020

 3.  The state horticultural society created by sections 262.010 and 262.020 is transferred by type I transfer to the department of agriculture.

 4.  All the powers, duties, and functions vested in the state milk board, chapter 196, are transferred to the department of agriculture by type III transfer.  The appointed members of the board shall be nominated by the department director, and appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate.  The department of health and senior services shall retain the powers, duties and functions assigned by chapter 196.

 5.  All the powers, duties, functions and properties of the state fruit experiment station, chapter 262, are transferred by type I transfer to the Southwest Missouri State University and fruit experiment station board of trustees is abolished.

 6.  All the powers, duties and functions of the department of revenue relating to the inspection of motor fuel and special fuel distributors, chapters 323 and 414, are transferred by type I transfer to the department of agriculture and to the director of that department.  The collection of the taxes provided in chapters 142 and 136, however, shall be made by the department of revenue.

 7.  All the powers, duties, and functions of the land survey program of the department of natural resources are transferred to the department of agriculture by type I transfer.