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

Secretary of Agriculture since May 14, 2009 (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-; Governor's Executive Council, 2009-; BayStat Subcabinet, 2009-; Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2009-; Governor's Subcabinet for International Affairs, 2009-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2009-. Chair, Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2009-; Renewable Fuels Incentive Board, 2009-. Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2009-. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2009-; Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation, 2009-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2009-; Climate Change Commission, 2009-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2009-; State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2009-; Maryland Food Center Authority, 2009-; Maryland Horse Industry Board, 2009-; Maryland Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee, 2009-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2009-; Rural Legacy Board, 2009-; Rural Maryland Council, 2009-; Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission, 2009-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2009-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2009-.

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

Born in Prince Frederick, Maryland, July 17, 1955. Graduated Calvert High School. 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. Married; three children, one grandchild.

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