May 24, 2023

Paul Brierley Nominated to Serve as the Arizona Director of the Department of Agriculture

Paul Brierley has been nominated by Governor Katie Hobbs to serve as the Arizona Director of the Department of Agriculture. As Director, Paul will be responsible for overseeing the success of Arizona’s agriculture industry and its overlap with business, natural resources and public health.

Paul’s extensive experience – both working on his family farm and for farms as Director of Organization for the Farm Bureau and Executive Director of the University of Arizona’s Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture – makes him a strong selection for this role.

“I’m very excited to take on this new role position serving Arizona agriculture like I have been in various roles over the past 30 years,” Brierley told Western Growers about his new position. “Working closely with Western Growers over the past nine years has been invaluable in my understanding of the issues that need to be addressed. My door will always be open to production agriculture.”

“Mr. Brierley represents the best of our agriculture industry here in Arizona,” said Gov. Hobbs. “With both personal and professional experience in the industry, I have no doubt that Mr. Brierley will successfully lead our Department of Agriculture with diligence, respect, and a deep understanding of the work involved.”