|Earl F. 'Buddy' Hance|
|Maryland Secretary of Agriculture|
|May 14, 2009 - December 23, 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||April 28, 2009|
|Appointed by||Gov. Martin O'Malley (D)|
|Deputy Secretary of Agriculture|
|2007 - 2009|
|High school||Calvert High School|
|Date of birth||July 17, 1955|
|Place of birth||Frederick, Maryland|
A fourth-generation Maryland farmer, Hance has always been involved with agriculture. Previously growing tobacco, Hance and his family now produce corn and soybeans. He has served in a number of agriculture-related organizations, including service as president of the Maryland Farm Bureau, chairman of the Maryland State Tobacco Authority and chairman of the Southern Maryland Agricultural Commission. In February 2007, Hance became deputy secretary of agriculture and served in this role until May 2009 when he was appointed Secretary of Agriculture.
- Calvert High School
Maryland Secretary of Agriculture (2009-2014)
Hance was appointed as Maryland Secretary of Agriculture by Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) on April 28, 2009. O'Malley stated, "Buddy is highly respected in both the environmental and agricultural communities and I am confident that he will continue the work that Secretary Richardson has done to build our vision for a smarter, greener, more sustainable State, while protecting our family owned farms, and Maryland’s rich agricultural heritage.”
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- Office of the Maryland Governor, "Governor O'Malley Appoints Buddy Hance as Secretary to the Maryland Department of Agriculture," April 28, 2009
- Maryland Department of Agriculture, "Acting Secretary Joe Bartenfelder," accessed February 16, 2015
- Maryland Department of Agriculture, "Earl F. "Buddy" Hance," accessed February 20, 2015
|Maryland Secretary of Agriculture
May 2009–December 2014
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