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Hunter Roberts serves South Dakota as the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Interim Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. In August of 2019 he began leading the DENR in its mission to protect public health and the environment by providing environmental monitoring and natural resource assessment, technical and financial assistance for environmental projects, and environmental regulatory services to protect the state’s natural resources for today and tomorrow. In August of 2020, Governor Noem announced her plans to merge the Departments of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources into the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources and tapped Hunter to lead the merger and head the new department. Hunter began his career in public service with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in 2007 as the Assistant State Energy Director and soon after transitioned to the Energy Policy Director where he led the state’s efforts to promote business development in power generation, energy production and clean energy manufacturing until the end of 2014. Hunter then went on to serve as a policy advisor to Governor Dennis Daugaard for four years. In this role, he oversaw issues related to transportation, agriculture, energy, environment, land management, and outdoor resources. Most recently, Hunter served as the deputy secretary and director of labor and management at the Department of Labor and Regulation. Hunter holds a master’s degree in business administration and a juris doctorate of law from the University of South Dakota. Hunter resides in Pierre with his wife and two children. He is a 5th generation South Dakota farmer and rancher, who owns and operates a farm and ranch southeast of Ft. Pierre, with his family.