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New Nutrient Management Program admin named


August 16, 2010
By Manure Manager

August 6, 2010 – Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, and Bill Vanderwende,
chairman of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, recently announced
that the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has chosen Larry Towle to be
the new nutrient management program administrator.

August 6, 2010 – Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, and Bill Vanderwende,
chairman of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, recently announced
that the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has chosen Larry Towle to be
the new nutrient management program administrator.

Towle
replaces Bill Rohrer, who left the position in April of this year. Towle is no
stranger to agriculture or the DDA. After receiving his Bachelor of Science
Degree in Agronomy from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in
1975, he worked for Agway for nine years in retail and crop center management,
and spent two years working with USDA Soil Conservation Service mapping wetland
in Sussex County for program compliance. He has worked for the Delaware
Department of Agriculture
for 20 years during which he coordinated the
pesticide certification and training program and fulfilled duties as the
liaison with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental
Control
on agricultural complaints. 

“I
am very pleased that Larry Towle accepted the position,” said Kee. “He has been
an outstanding employee throughout his career with DDA. His track record with
helping Delaware farmers, the agricultural community, and the public is nothing
short of exceptional. He is a great asset to DDA now and will continue to be in
the future. I also want to thank Mark Davis, DDA’s deputy principal assistant,
who willingly assumed the task of interim Nutrient Management Program Administrator
while we were searching for the new program administrator. He did an excellent
job for us.”

“The Commission is happy that Larry Towle agreed to help us
take Delaware’s nationally recognized Nutrient Management Program forward as we
implement new regulations and standards in the coming months and years,” said
Bill Vanderwende. “We are certain that he will be an outstanding program
administrator.”

Towle,
who was born in southeastern PA on a dairy/horse farm, lives in Wyoming, DE,
with his wife, Barbara. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Larry and Barbara own a 23-acre poultry farm that is under contract with Perdue
Farms
.


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