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Delaware Department of Agriculture
Delaware Nutrient Management Program
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Business Phone: (302) 698-4558 (Nutrient Management)
Business Phone: (302) 698-4500 (DDA Receptionist)
Business Phone: (800) 282-8685 (Toll-Free/In Delaware Only)
Business Fax: (302) 661-7207
Program Administrator, Chris Brosch
Business Phone: (302) 698-4555
Office Assistant, Julia Moore
Business Phone: (302) 698-4558
Environmental Scientist, Robert Coleman
Business Phone: (302) 698-4556
Environmental Scientist, Brooke Walls
Business Phone: (302) 698-4627
Environmental Scientist, Clint Gill
Business Phone: (302) 698-4557
Data Analyst, Aaron Givens
Business Phone: (302) 698-4628
William Vanderwende, Commission Chairman, was appointed to the Commission by the Senate, and was named Chairman by the Governor. He is a full-time Sussex County dairy producer who represents the state’s dairy industry. He operates a farm with 700-head of dairy, and 3,000 crop acres. He can be reached at (302) 349-4423.
F. Kenneth Blessing, Jr., Commission Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Technology Subcommittee, was appointed by the Senate to represent Kent County vegetable farmers. Kenny is part of a diversified farming operation consisting of approximately 3,500 crop acres including vegetables, grain and beef cattle. He can be reached at (302) 422-5746.
Mark Adkins, Chair of the Planning Subcommittee, was appointed by the Governor to represent swine farmers. He operates a 900 acre family grain farm and 1,000-head swine farm and is a director for the Delaware Swine Producers. He can be reached at (302) 732-3007.
Jim Elliott, Chair of the Programs & Education Subcommittee, was appointed by the House of Representatives as an Environmental Group representative. Former Mayor of Fenwick Island, he is no stranger to public service. He can be reached at (302) 337-3653.
Shawn Garvin, Deputy Secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, is an ex-officio member of the Commission. He can be reached at (302) 739-9000.
Brenna Goggin was appointed to represent an Environmental Group, and is the Advocacy Manager of the Delaware Nature Society, where she has worked since 2008. Brenna is responsible for all of Delaware Nature Society’s grassroots advocacy and government affairs work. She has actively worked on securing full funding for the Open Space and Farmland Preservation programs.
Laura Hill, Chair of the Budget Subcommittee, was appointed by the House of Representatives to represent Sussex County poultry farmers. She is part of a family farm that operates a 130,000 capacity broiler operation and farms 3,000 acres of grain and vegetable crops. She can be reached at (302) 945-0725.
Ken Horeis was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to represent the equine industry. He has owned, bred and shown horses his entire life. Ken is a long time member of the Delaware Equine Council, currently serving as vice-president. He can be reached at (302) 270-2648.
N. Wayne Hudson was appointed by the House of Representatives to represent Sussex County poultry farmers. He is the Vice President of Operations for Soy Crushing/Refining, Blending, Litter Operations, and Engineering/Maintenance at Perdue AgriBusiness, LLC. He currently has a small cattle farm and continues to help with the family poultry operation. He can be reached at (410) 543-3919.
Larry Jester was appointed by the Senate as a representative of the New Castle County grain industry. He tills 3,200 acres of grain crops, runs an on-site grain storage facility and recently implemented solar energy at his home farm. Larry served four years on the Soybean Board and is currently serving on the New Castle County Agricultural Advisory Committee. He can be reached at (302) 547-8462.
Todd (Tak) Keen was appointed by the Senate as a representative of Delaware’s Nutrient Consultants. He runs Keen Consulting, the independent crop consulting business his father started in 1980 on the shore, and works the whole peninsula with row crops, vegetable crops, and a bit of environmental related monitoring. He can be reached at (302) 236-3722.
Garry Killmon, a Sussex County citizen, was appointed by the Governor as a representative of the public. He has worked in sales in both the agriculture and propane industries. Garry has completed the Nutrient Management Consultant course and can be reached at (302) 236-3742.
Jamie Mack, Human Subject Protection Section Chief at the Delaware Division of Public Health, was appointed as the Public Health designee. He is an ex-officio member of the Commission. He can be reached at (302) 744-4832.
Brenna Ness was appointed as a representative for the Environmental Groups. She is the Land Steward and Conservation Programs Manager with Delaware Wild Lands, a non-profit conservation organization based in Odessa. The organization protects and manages 21,600 acres of vibrant wetlands and wildlife habitat, clean air and water, and healthy farms and forests. She can be reached at (302) 378-2736.
Jon Nichols Jr. was appointed by the Governor as a representative for the commercial nursery industry. He is currently the President of Jonny Nichols Landscape Maintenance, Inc., located in Kent County, and has been in the lawn care industry since 1994. Jon can be reached at 302-697-2200.
Bud O’Neill, Chair of the Personnel Subcommittee, was appointed by the Governor as a representative for the golf course/lawn care industry. He owns an agronomic service firm that plans and manages Turfgrass for golf courses, athletic complexes and lawns. He is past chairman of the Delaware State Golf Association greens section and can be reached at (302) 653-8618.
Bob Palmer is the Program Manager II of the Watershed Stewardship Division of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, and is appointed by the Delaware Nutrient Management Law. He can be reached at (302) 739-9922.
Michael Scuse, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, is an ex-officio member of the Commission. He can be reached at (302) 698-4501.
Jennifer Singh is Legal Counsel for the Commission.
Scott Webb was appointed by the House of Representatives to represent Kent County poultry farmers. He is part of a family farm that operates a 119,000 capacity broiler operation and farms 1,000 acres of grain crops. He can be reached at (302) 381-0402.