Bredesen Names Terry J. Oliver To Lead Department of AgricultureFriday, August 13, 2010 | 04:06 pm
NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Terry J. Oliver as the next commissioner of the Department of Agriculture. Oliver, who currently serves as deputy commissioner, will assume his new role on August 16, 2010.
"I have personally known Terry and have sought his advice and counsel through the years on agricultural issues," said Bredesen. "Always dependable and a man of his word, Terry made a great team with former Commissioner Ken Givens in leading our efforts to address the needs and opportunities of farmers and rural communities. He is the right person to assume leadership of the Department of Agriculture at this time, and I'm very pleased to announce his appointment."
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture provides a variety of consumer protection services, promotes farm products and encourages the sustainable management of forest and farmland resources. Farming and forestry not only preserve a time-honored way of life, but they also fuel the state's economy. Agricultural production generates more than $3.1 billion annually in farm cash receipts and another $329 million generated by timber sales.
"I very much appreciate the opportunity to serve Governor Bredesen and the state of
Oliver has led efforts to improve the effectiveness of the Division of Forestry and also played a significant role in the development and implementation of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program, a cost share program established by Bredesen to spur farm innovation and agricultural development in
A native of
Oliver, a sixth generation farmer, and his wife Marsha reside on their family farm in Gleason and have two daughters and three grandchildren.
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