Dr. Charlie Hatcher named Dept. of Agriculture Commissioner

Posted at 10:44 PM, Dec 03, 2018

Governor Elect Bill Lee announced Dr. Charlie Hatcher as the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

He has served as the state veterinarian for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture since 2009. In that role, he protected the health and welfare of animals within the state, as well as promoting the marketability of animals and animal products.

Doctor Hatcher is also a general managing partner of Hatcher Family Dairy established in 1831.

“I am honored that Governor-elect Lee has charged me with serving our state as the head of the Department of Agriculture,” said Dr. Hatcher. “Being a 10th generation farmer, I know that agriculture impacts all Tennesseans, and I will ensure that we have the best ag community in any state in the country.”

Dr. Hatcher received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a B.S. in Animal Science from Middle Tennessee State University.

He is a 10th generation farmer and a fifth generation Tennessee farmer who resides in College Grove with his wife of 40 years, Sharon. His son and daughter also live on their family farm with their respective families and also have careers in agriculture.