Governor Timothy M. Kaine has announced the appointment of Todd Patterson Haymore of Henrico County to serve as commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

Haymore currently serves as corporate director, external affairs for The Universal Leaf Tobacco Company and vice-president of the Universal Leaf Foundation.

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Haymore as Virginia’s agriculture commissioner,” Governor Kaine said. “Todd has an extensive background in public service and an impressive history dealing with major agricultural issues, including world trade. He has demonstrated an ability to tackle difficult issues, and will serve as an effective advocate for agriculture and consumers both in Virginia and on the national scene.”

Haymore was born and raised in Danville. He is a graduate of George Washington High School in Danville, and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Richmond in 1991. He also earned an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004.

“Growing up in Southside Virginia, I developed a keen appreciation for the vitally important role of agriculture in sustaining the economy of the entire state,” Haymore said. “I am honored that Governor Kaine has asked me to serve as commissioner, and to be a spokesman and advocate, both domestically and internationally, for Virginia’s farmers, food processors, and consumers.”

Haymore’s career in public service began in 1990, when he served as a legislative intern for Virginia State Senator W. Onico Barker of the 19th District. From 1991 to 1995, he was a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative L.F. Payne of Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District, and served as communications director and legislative assistant until 1997.

In 1998, Haymore became director of corporate communications for DIMON Incorporated in Danville, and in 1999 became director, external affairs, for Universal Leaf North America, a subsidiary of Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.

Subsequent positions at Universal Leaf included assistant vice-president, external affairs, 2002–2004; corporate director, external affairs, 2004 to the present; and since 2006, vice-president of The Universal Leaf Foundation.

Haymore will serve as the 13th commissioner of VDACS, an agency that traces its roots back to 1877.