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Monday, May 31, 2010 - 2:01pm

Georgia Ag. Commissioner to Retire

After more than four decades on the job, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin is retiring.

The 80 year old life long Democrat says Parkinson’s disease and his age make it the right time to leave the post.

In his 42 years as Ag Commissioner, Georgia agriculture has grown to a 7-billion dollar a year industry.

Irvin worked to eradicate the devastating boll weevil, control livestock disease, and even led a delegation to Cuba.

But in recent years, Irvin and commission inspectors came under fire for not preventing a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut facility.

Irvin is the longest-serving statewide official in Georgia. He’ll remain on the job through January.