Appointed September 2018
Whitney Place serves as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). She has been at the MDA since 2012 in the roles of Director of Legislative Affairs, Assistant to the Commissioner, and Project Coordinator for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.
As Assistant Commissioner, Place oversees the Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division, the Plant Protection Division, and Laboratory Services.
Place earned a B.S. in Applied Plant Science and a M.S. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota. She grew up in Okabena, Minnesota where she learned about agriculture in the high school FFA program and on her family's farms.