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In January 2017, Michael T. Scuse was reappointed by Governor John C. Carney as Delaware 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.
Austin Short has served as deputy secretary of agriculture since 2010. A former state forester, he also heads Delaware’s farmland preservation program and planning staff. He was state forester from 1995 to 2008, served as the National Association of State Foresters President in 2006-2007, and has served as acting secretary of agriculture. He holds a B.S. in forestry and an M.S. in forest biometrics from Virginia Tech; he and his wife Kelley and their sons Eli and Henry live on their family farm near Georgetown, which includes a tree farm and small sawmill.
Kenny Bounds has served Delaware farmers for nearly four decades as an executive with MidAtlantic Farm Credit, retiring in 2015 as senior vice president. He previously was director of government affairs and Delmarva regional manager. A longtime advocate for agriculture, he also served as president of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., trade group and president of the LEAD Maryland Foundation. He was honored with the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture in 2016. He holds a degree in Agronomy – Soils from the University of Maryland, College Park, is active in the Boy Scouts of America, and lives near Laurel.
Nikko Brady has always been involved in community engagement from the ground up. A graduate of Boston University, Nikko’s education includes a degree in environmental analysis and policy, a master’s in city planning and urban affairs, and she is certified in applied sustainability. Nikko has a passion for understanding the needs of all stakeholders and making sure that agriculture remains sustainable in Delaware for the long haul. Prior to joining the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Nikko worked for the State of Massachusetts in the Bureau of Program Integrity under the Inspector General.
2320 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 698-4500
Phone: (800) 282-8685 (Toll-Free in Delaware)
2310 South DuPont Highway
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 698-4524
Fax: (302) 661-7206
Northern Regional Forester, James Dobson
502 Blackbird Forest Road
Smyrna, Delaware 19977
Phone: (302) 653-6505
Fax: (302) 653-2869
Southern Regional Forester, Erich Burkentine
18074 Redden Forest Drive
Georgetown, Delaware 19947
Phone: (302) 856-2893
Fax: (302) 856-5039
Executive Director, John F. Wayne
777 Delaware Park Boulevard
Wilmington, Delaware 19804
Phone: (302) 994-2521 (ext. 8970)
Fax: (302) 993-8949
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