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The department consists of five divisions: The Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Animal Health, Food and Nutrition, Marketing and Development and the Division of Plant Industry.


The Department was formed in 1916 and was one of the thirteen original Departments established under the New Jersey Constitution of 1947. Unlike other departments, the Secretary of Agriculture is chosen by the Board of Agriculture with approval of the Governor (rather than appointed by the Governor with advice and consent of the Senate). Authorizing law(s) and reorganization plans: (Chapter 447, Laws of 1948; Reorganization Plan 003-2002), Board of Agriculture and Secretary of Agriculture.

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