Welcome to the Commissioner's Office
"Our mission is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy."
Appointed January 2011
Dave Frederickson has served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture since being appointed by Governor Mark Dayton in 2011. Frederickson was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1986 where he served two terms. He was president of the Minnesota Farmers Union from 1991-2002 and president of the National Farmers Union from 2002-2006. In both organizations, he worked on federal farm policy and other issues important to farmers and ranchers.
Frederickson continued his work on federal farm policy as agricultural outreach director for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar from 2007 to 2010.
Frederickson’s family roots in farming go back to 1873, and he and his wife, Kay operated a farm in Murdock, Minnesota for more than 20 years.
Commissioner Frederickson’s farm background and his wide range of experience in public service have given him unique insights into the challenges facing Minnesota’s agricultural industry. Today, he is focused on ensuring the Minnesota Department of Agriculture fulfills its mission to protect the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.