MONTPELIER - Shortly after Gov. Peter Shumlin moved into the office space at the Pavilion Jan. 6, he named Charles "Chuck" Ross, of Hinesburg, as the new secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.
For the past 16 years, Ross has served as the state director for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT). Prior to that appointment, he was a farmer and legislator from Hinesburg. He served six years in the Vermont State Legislature, including a stint as the chair of the House Natural Resource and Energy Committee. Ross, 54, has also served on the Board of Directors at Shelburne Farms; on the Advisory Board of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at UVM; and as an advisory member of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.
"Chuck has exhibited a commitment to agriculture in the state and nationally," said outgoing Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee in a prepared statement. "This appointment shows further commitment to the work that the agency does to support our producers and the open, working landscape so important to our state. Mr. Ross has the background, experience, knowledge, vision and connections to work aggressively to move Vermont agriculture forward on every level."