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Agriculture Commissioner, Dr. Charlie Hatcher

Dr. Charlie Hatcher, Commissioner
(615) 837-5100
| charles.hatcher@tn.gov
Dr. Charlie Hatcher was appointed by Governor Bill Lee and sworn in as Tennessee's 38th Commissioner of Agriculture in January 2019. Prior to becoming Commissioner, Hatcher served as the State Veterinarian for Tennessee for a decade. In that role, he protected the health and welfare of animals within the state and promoted the marketability of animals and animal products. Hatcher is a tenth generation American farmer and fifth generation Tennessee farmer. Read more


Agriculture Deputy Commissioner, Tom Womack

Tom Womack, Deputy Commissioner
(615) 837-5103
| tom.womack@tn.gov
Tom Womack oversees day-to-day operations for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, directing staff, programs and services ranging from food safety, animal and plant health, pesticides and consumer protection to forestry and agricultural development. With three decades of experience working for the state and its citizens, Womack spent the majority of his tenure with the department as its spokesman and director of communications. Womack's farming background includes tobacco and hay production and beef cattle. Read more


Agriculture Assistant Commissioner, Larry Maxwell

Larry Maxwell, Assistant Commissioner for Administration and Grants
(615) 837-5111
| larry.maxwell@tn.gov
Larry Maxwell has served as the department's chief fiscal officer for more than 40 years. In addition to ensuring the financial integrity in programs and services, he also provides administrative oversight of the Commodity Distribution program, which distributes USDA surplus foods to schools and charitable organizations. He directs the work of the Water Resources program, which provides federal and state financial assistance to help landowners protect soil and water resources. Read more


Agriculture Asst. Commissioner, Carol Coley McDonald

Carol Coley McDonald, Assistant Commissioner for Legislative Affairs
(615) 837-5172 
| carol.mcdonald@tn.gov
Carol McDonald serves as the department's liaison to the Tennessee General Assembly and directs policy and program development in areas ranging from food safety, pesticides, and consumer protection to forestry and agricultural development. McDonald also works to support youth programs, career and technical education, beginning farmers, and rural health. Prior to joining the department in 2011, she served as an Extension agent in Smith County, coordinating 4-H activities. She has also worked in education and has extensive experience in agribusiness. Read more


Agriculture Asst. Commissioner for Public Affairs, Corinne Gould

Corinne Gould, Assistant Commissioner for Public Affairs
(615) 837-5207
| corinne.gould@tn.gov
Corinne Gould oversees internal and external communications and provides administrative support for media relations, policy development and all agency programs. Gould has more than 10 years of experience as a television news producer in the broadcast industry and was recognized with a regional Emmy award and a national Emmy award nomination. She previously served the department as director of communications. Read more


Agriculture Asst. Commissioner, Keith Harrison

Keith Harrison, Assistant Commissioner for Business Development
(615) 837-5160
 | keith.harrison@tn.gov
Keith Harrison began his career at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist in 1984 and served as Director of Marketing until the end of 2000. In 2001, he was named the Feed/Animal Health Marketing Manager at Tennessee Farmers Cooperative and served as the organization's Communication and Marketing Manager until early 2017. Upon rejoining TDA, Harrison served as Assistant Commissioner for Consumer and Industry Services, leading the regulatory programs affecting consumer protection and food safety until early 2019. He is now responsible for directing the department’s marketing, promotion, and development activities. Read more


David Arnold, State Forester and Assistant Commissioner, 2018

David Arnold, State Forester and Assistant Commissioner for Forestry
(615) 837-5435
| david.arnold@tn.gov
David Arnold is responsible for directing the activities of the Division of Forestry in state forest management, wildfire prevention and suppression, reforestation, landowner assistance programs, forest health initiatives, urban forestry programs and forest inventory. A native of Franklin County, Tennessee, Arnold joined the agency in 1990 as an area forester in Union County. Read more


Agriculture Assistant Commissioner, Dr. Balthaser

Dr. Samantha Beaty, State Veterinarian and Assistant Commissioner for Animal Health
(615) 837-5120
| samantha.beaty@tn.gov
Dr. Beaty is responsible for monitoring and protecting animal health in Tennessee. She works with private veterinarians, animal pathologists, and a network of animal disease diagnostic laboratories to identify diseases and make a definitive diagnosis in cases of animal deaths. Dr. Beaty comes to the role with 18 years of veterinary medicine experience, joining TDA in 2016 as a staff veterinarian. Read more


Agriculture Division Director, Danny Sutton

Danny Sutton, Director of Consumer and Industry Services
(615) 837-5534
| danny.sutton@tn.gov
Danny Sutton is responsible for the administration and implementation of regulatory programs affecting consumer protection and safety. His responsibilities include food and dairy; weights and measures; petroleum quality; feed, seed and fertilizers; grain dealers and warehouses; pesticides; plant health; and prevention of youth access to tobacco. He previously served as the Dairy Administrator and has hands-on experience with fuel quality and food safety as a past inspector. Read more


Agriculture Director of Human Resources, Liz Sneed

Liz Sneed, Director for Human Resources
(615) 837-5115
| liz.sneed@tn.gov
Liz Sneed has served as the department's Human Resources Director with oversight of all human resources functions since 2006. This includes benefits, classification/compensation, employee relations, payroll and HR transactions. Sneed holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Western Kentucky University. She has completed one year of graduate coursework at Middle Tennessee State University in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Read more


Agriculture Assistant Commissioner, Ed Harlan

Ed Harlan, Special Projects Advisor
(615) 837-5165
| ed.harlan@tn.gov
Ed Harlan has been with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture since 2003. He supports major investments in the food, fiber, and agricultural infrastructure sectors and works to strengthen relations with local officials. Harlan is a farmer, businessman, and former Maury County executive. During Harlan's time at TDA, he has developed strategic plans to expand current business and grow new business within Tennessee's agriculture sector, and established close working relationships with agencies and businesses to ensure strong cooperation and customer service. His efforts over the past few years have contributed to an increase in corporate and on-farm investments in Tennessee. Read more


Jay Miller, General Counsel

Jay Miller, General Counsel
(615) 837-5341
 | jay.miller@tn.gov
Jay Miller directs provision of all legal services to the department for matters requiring representation or counsel, including matters related to licensing and enforcement; public records compliance; legislative and regulatory analysis; policy formation; and human resource functions. Miller also oversees the department’s Agricultural Crime Unit. He previously served as counsel to the department’s Division of Consumer and Industry Services and Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter.  Read more