- Associated Press - Friday, November 6, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Gov. Bill Walker wants a new director for Alaska’s Division of Agriculture.

In a release, Walker says Alaska’s agricultural landscape is ripe for potential, and he looks forward to new leadership “implementing a fresh vision to maximize these opportunities.”

Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the governor wants the state to do more to develop its agricultural industry. She said by email that given the state’s remoteness, it also needs to bolster its food security.

Walker’s office says division director Franci Havemeister will stay on through the beginning of December, during which time the Board of Agriculture and Conservation will begin a new director search.

By law, the board is to submit a list of director candidates to the Natural Resources commissioner for consideration.

Havemeister was appointed director in 2007.

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