|Member of Government|
Inaugural holder Theodor Odelberg
|Appointer Prime Minister|
|Website Ministry for Rural Affairs|
The Minister for Rural Affairs (formally cabinet minister and head of the Ministry for Rural Affairs and prior to that Minister for Agriculture) is a member and minister of the Swedish Government and appointed by the Prime Minister. The minister heads the Ministry for Rural Affairs and is responsible for agriculture and environmental issues relating to agriculture, fishery, reindeer husbandry, Sami affairs, horticulture, animal welfare, foodstuffs, hunting and game management, as well as higher education and research in the field of agricultural sciences.
The office was founded in 1900 under the name of Minister for Agriculture, and its first holder was Theodor Odelberg. The title was renamed Minister for Rural Affairs in 2010.