"Bud" Hover was
appointed director of the Washington State Department of
Agriculture by Gov. Jay Inslee effective April 1, 2013.
Bud and his wife,
Tonya, have two children and three
grandchildren. Bud was raised in Issaquah, graduated from
Washington State University and later played middle
linebacker for the Washington Redskins for two years.
As WSDA director, Bud oversees
an agency responsible for animal health, plant
inspections, food safety, fruit and grain inspection and
certification, weights and measures, pesticide
registration and marketing the state's agricultural
products regionally and globally.
He has been co-owner and manager of the Sunny M Ranch in Winthrop
since 1980. Bud served two terms as Okanogan County
Commissioner, until January 2013.
He has served on several boards, including the Washington State
Salmon Recovery Funding Board, the Wenatchee-Okanogan
National Forest Provincial Advisory Committee, the Western
Governors Wildlife Council and the Okanogan County Public
Health Board of Directors.
Bud has two Bachelors of Science degrees in Agriculture
Education/Forest and Range Management from Washington
State University and a Masters degree in Public
Administration from The Evans School of Public Affairs,
University of Washington.