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Office of the Secretary



2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 698-4500
Phone: (800) 282-8685 (Toll-Free in Delaware)
TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service at (800) 282-5460 for assistance.

 

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SECRETARY MICHAEL T. SCUSE

In January 2017, Michael T. Scuse was reappointed by Governor John C. Carney as Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture. Scuse previously served with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Acting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Acting Deputy Secretary of agriculture, and Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services. As Under Secretary, he oversaw USDA’s Farm Service Agency, Risk Management Agency, and Foreign Agricultural Services. He served as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture from 2001-2008 and also served as Chief of Staff to former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. He has received the Medal of Achievement from the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. in 2006; the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture in 2012; the Ambassador Circle Award by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) in 2016; the National FFA VIP Citation Award and the World Trade Center Delaware Champion of Trade Award in 2019. Secretary Scuse and his wife, Patrice, live in Smyrna on a corn, soybean, and wheat farm.

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT
GEORGE CLASS-PETERS

George Class-Peters began his tenure with the Delaware Department of Agriculture in 2022 as the Deputy Principal Assistant. Before joining the Department, George worked for his alma mater, the University of Delaware, where he earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sports Health. George’s connection to agriculture has spanned over a decade as he was engaged in agriscience education through the Smyrna School District. He has served the Delaware FFA Association as a state officer and at the National FFA Organization as the National Chairman of the National Officer Nominating Committee. Through his work in these roles, George solidified his passion for agricultural education, leadership, and policy. With various experiences and connections involving members of Delaware’s General Assembly and the Congressional delegation, he strives to work closely with these all to ensure equitable policy and programs are sustained for Delaware’s top industry.

Delaware Farm and Food Policy Council

LEADelaware

Formal picture of Administrator of Department Management Jimmy KroonADMINISTRATOR FOR DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT JIMMY KROON

Jimmy Kroon has served several roles at the Delaware Department of Agriculture since 2003. He currently oversees the administration of DDA, including the agency’s daily operations, annual budget, and technology initiatives. He also directly manages the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program with over 140,000 acres of permanently preserved farms. Jimmy’s prior experience at DDA includes apiary inspection, pest detection of crops, nursery stock, and forest pests, coordinating GIS projects for farmland preservation and other programs, and supporting wildland fire response in western states as a GIS Specialist. Jimmy resides in Felton, and holds degrees in biology and environmental science from the University of Maine at Machias, and a graduate degree in geographic information systems from Penn State.

Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program

 

Office Locations


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OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, SECRETARY MICHAEL T. SCUSE

2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 698-4500
Phone: (800) 282-8685 (Toll-Free in Delaware)

AG COMPLIANCE LABORATORY

2310 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 698-4524
Fax: (302) 661-7206

BLACKBIRD STATE FOREST

Northern Regional Forester, James Dobson
502 Blackbird Forest Road
Smyrna, Delaware 19977
Phone: (302) 653-6505
Fax: (302) 653-2869

REDDEN STATE FOREST

Southern Regional Forester, Erich Burkentine
18074 Redden Forest Drive
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
Phone: (302) 856-2893
Fax: (302) 856-5039

THOROUGHBRED RACING COMMISSION

Executive Director, Sarah Crane
777 Delaware Park Boulevard
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
Phone: (302) 994-2521 (ext. 8970)

 

Announcements


January 15, 2020 EPA, Delaware sign pact to expand efforts supporting clean water, healthy farms
EPA_Delaware Department of Agriculture_MOU_January 15 2020

From left to right, EPA Region III Agriculture Advisor Kelly Shenk and EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio watch as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse signs the MOU
From left to right, EPA Region III Agriculture Advisor Kelly Shenk and EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio watch as Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse signs the Memorandum of Understanding to expand joint activities supporting the agencies’ shared goal of cleaner water and sustainable farms during the 2020 Ag Week in Harrington, Delaware.

 


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