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Gooden Named Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

Thursday, July 07, 2016  
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Dr. Basil I. Gooden, has been appointed Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in Virginia succeeding current Secretary Todd Haymore, who will become Secretary of Commerce and Trade in September.

Governor McAuliffe said “I am excited to bring a leader with Dr. Gooden’s experience and vision into my cabinet as our next Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Dr. Gooden has been involved in Virginia’s agriculture industry his whole life, as he grew up raising Black Angus beef on his family’s cattle farm in Buckingham County. Agriculture and forestry are two of Virginia’s largest and most important industries, and Dr. Gooden is ready to build on our administration’s success in growing them under the leadership of Secretary Haymore”.

Dr. Basil I. Gooden was appointed by President Obama as State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development for the Commonwealth of Virginia in May of 2014. Before this position, Dr. Gooden served for twelve years as the Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Dr. Gooden’s initiatives included strategic management, technology advancement, and community development for economically distressed communities.

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