"His open door policy was appreciated by farmers and ranchers statewide," says Stuhlmiller.
In praising his new appointment, Gov. Inslee says Hover's "experience as a rancher and his work on issues from water to wildlife will be invaluable in further growing of this vital (agricultural) industry."
Inslee called the farm agricultural industry "one of Washington's most significant cultural and economic cornerstones"
In leaving the agency, Newhouse made the following statement:
"I came to WSDA four years ago excited about the opportunity to not only lead the agency, but also to help mold the future of the agricultural industry.
"Every day I am amazed by the people at WSDA: their relentless pursuit to do the right thing, to serve industry and to encourage each other."
Newhouse labeled his departure a "bittersweet" event.
"While I am not ready to leave, I am excited at what the future holds," he stated. "I'll be returning to the farm, to Carol and my family but am hopeful that I will be able to continue to be involved in public service in the future."
Hover's appointment comes as the agency celebrates is centennial, an event that was marked on April 11 at the capitol on "Centennial Day."
A WSDA food drive marking the 100th anniversary is set for June 10, and a "Taste Washington Day," Sept. 25, will involve schools, restaurants, retail grocers and families to highlight sale and consumption of the state's farm products by local consumers.
WSDA was founded on June 10, 1913 and today addresses 58 state laws and with 26 programs serving the state's 39,500 farms, the basis of and industry which generates $46 billion year in revenue for Washington.