DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SECRETARIES

FORMER SECRETARIES


[photo, Earl F. (Buddy) Hance, Secretary of Agriculture] EARL F. (BUDDY) HANCE
Secretary of Agriculture, 2009-15

Secretary of Agriculture, May 14, 2009 to January 2, 2015. Resigned January 2, 2015. Acting Secretary of Agriculture, May 6-14, 2009. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, February 2007 to May 6, 2009.


Member, Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2009-15; Governor's Executive Council, 2009-15; BayStat Subcabinet, 2009-15; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2009-15;Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2009-15; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2009-15. Chair, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2009-15; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2009-15. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2009-15. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2009-15; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2009-15; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2009-15; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2009-15; Climate Change Commission, 2009-15; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2009-15; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2009-15; Maryland Food Center Authority, 2009-15; Maryland Horse Industry Board, 2009-15; Maryland Integrated Map Executive Committee, 2009-15; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2009-15; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2009-15; Rural Legacy Board, 2009-15; Rural Maryland Council, 2009-15; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2009-15; Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission, 2009-15; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2009-15; Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force, 2010; Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, 2010-15; Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal, 2011 (chair, impact of agriculture & agricultural land values work group, 2011); Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund, 2011-13; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2011-15. Chair, Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2012-15. Member, Maryland Thermal Renewable Energy Credit Task Force, 2013; Maryland Botanical Heritage Work Group, 2013-14; Task Force to Study the Implementation of a Hub and Spoke Program in the Southern Maryland Region, 2013-14; Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Work Group, 2013-15; Spay/Neuter Advisory Board, 2013-15; Interagency Food Desert Advisory Committee, 2014-15; Council on Open Data, 2014-15.

Member, Governor's Commission on Agricultural Viability in Southern Maryland, 1983; Maryland Agricultural Commission, 1989-92; Southern Maryland Growth Strategy Task Force, 1994. Chair, Tobacco Authority, 1994-2000 (member, 1988-94); Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission, 1998-2007. Member, Task Force on Tobacco Crop Conversion in Maryland, 1999; Nutrient Management Advisory Committee, 2002-06; Patuxent River Commission, 2002-15; Rural Maryland Council, 2003-15; Agricultural Stewardship Commission, 2005-06; Incentives for Agriculture Task Force, 2006-07; Task Force to Study Statewide Gypsy Moth Infestation, 2008-09.

Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, July 17, 1955. Graduated Calvert High School, Prince Frederick, Maryland. Fourth generation farmer. Member, Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, 1973-; Calvert Farmland Trust, 1991-. Treasurer, Calvert County Democratic Central Committee, 2002-06. President, Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc., 2003-07 (first vice-president, 2001-03; vice-president, 1999-2001). Board of Directors, American Farm Bureau Federation, 2004-07; World Trade Center Institute, 2009-15. Board Council, Nationwide Insurance Company. Married; three children, two grandchildren.

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