The director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced his resignation Monday.
Bud Hover, who became the director in April 2013, will serve through the current Legislative Session, but then plans to return to his Okanogan County farm and spend more time with his wife and family.
Hover wrote to Gov. Jay Inslee, “I believe we have made great strides in the past two years in advancing new and innovative solutions to help solve some of the pressing issues facing agriculture today as well as making great strides in improving efficiency in the Department of Agriculture.”
Inslee called Hover a “tireless advocate for the average farmer.” He said Hover helped implement a state-of-the-art Animal Disease Traceability program.
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The session is expected to end April 26.