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Maryland Secretary of Agriculture

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Maryland Secretary of Agriculture
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
Term limits:  None
Authority:  Annotated Code of Maryland - Title 2 and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) - Title XV
Selection Method:  Appointed by the governor
Current Officeholder

Earl Hance.jpg
Name:  Buddy Hance
Assumed office:  May 14, 2009
Compensation:  $130,050
Other Maryland Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralComptrollerTreasurerSuperintendent of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance CommissionerNatural Resources CommissionerSecretary of LaborPublic Service Commission
The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture is a state executive position in the Maryland state government. The Secretary serves as head of the Department of Agriculture, a part of the executive branch that was established in 1972.[1]

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Buddy Hance. He was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2009.


The authority of the Department of Agriculture and its secretary comes under the Annotated Code of Maryland - Title 2 and the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) - Title XV.[2]


The Secretary of Agriculture is appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate.


The vision and mission statement of the Maryland Department of Agriculture is as follows:

"Our Vision is to achieve excellence in programs and in services that preserve and protect agricultural resources and the environment, promote profitable agriculture and consumer confidence, and enhance the quality of life for all Marylanders."[3]

"Our Mission is to provide leadership and support to agriculture and the citizens of Maryland by conducting regulatory, service, and educational activities that assure consumer confidence, protect the environment, and promote agriculture."[3]


The Maryland Department of Agriculture is divided into three main offices:

  • Office of Marketing, Animal Industries and Consumer Services
  • Office of Plant Industries and Pest Management
  • Office of Resource Conservation


In 2010, the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture was paid an estimated $130,050 according to the Council of State Governments.[4]

Contact information

Secretary of Agriculture
Earl F. Hance
Phone: 410-841-5880

Headquarters Address:
50 Harry S Truman Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21401

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