(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is keeping Guilford County farmer Steve Troxler as the state's agriculture commissioner.
Unofficial results show Troxler on Tuesday beat Democrat Walter Smith, a Yadkin County poultry grower and retired USDA Farm Service Agency official.
The agriculture commissioner is the primary spokesman for the state's $70 billion agribusiness industry. The agency he oversees also regulates food, drugs, medical devices, motor fuels, amusement rides, and pesticide licenses.
Troxler has held the job since 2005.
Troxler has concentrated on food safety since becoming agriculture commissioner, but his sprawling agency got a higher profile and bigger budget after fellow Republicans took control of the Legislature in 2011. Troxler's agency also took in the state forestry service and milk quality and bedding inspections.