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Former Coug, WSDA director Bud Hover will meet with ag leaders July 11

If the name Don Hover sounds familiar, you are either a farmer, or a dedicated NFL fan.

Donald "Bud" Hover, is Washington State's Department of Agriculture director. And he'll be in Spokane to meet with agribusiness leaders July 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at  the GSI offices, 801 W. Riverside.

Hover also graduated from Washington State University, later earned a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

He also played middle linebacker for the Washington Redskins for two years.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Hover to the post back in April. This is, we're pretty sure, his first visit in his official capacity to Spokane.

GSI is hosting a reception for Hover along with the Far West Agribusiness Association and Northwest Farm Credit Services.

The WSDA is 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 nationally.

To register for the reception, contact Myrna O'Leary by July 8.

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