Diane Bothfeld named as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture
Chuck Ross, Secretary of Agriculture, has announced the appointment of Diane Bothfeld as Deputy Secretary of Dairy Policy, Director of Administrative Services and Agriculture Development. Bothfeld has served as interim Deputy Secretary of the agency for the past year.Diane Bothfeld has a deep understanding of the dairy industry and its importance to the economic stability of the state. Growing up on a dairy farm in Cabot, she learned the importance of animal care, environmental protection and diversification. She has used that knowledge and experience to be a tireless and dedicated advocate and supporter for the diary industry.Diane graduated from UVM with a Masters Degree in Ruminant Nutrition and began working for the University of Vermont Extension Service. In 1995, she joined the management team at St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc. as the Cooperative Relations Manager. In that role she was responsible for membership services, public relations, and on-farm quality assurance as well as supporting the Young Cooperator program.Diane joined the Agency of Agriculture in 2005 as Senior Agriculture Development Coordinator. She was promoted to Dairy Policy Administrator in 2008 where her leadership has been instrumental in establishing the Vermont Dairy Task Force, and working with the Vermont Cheese Council. She has also been a key team leader for Vermont with the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team.Looking for innovative and creative ways to address the extremely complicated and volatile milk pricing situation that greatly impacts our dairy farmers and communities in Vermont, Diane coordinated a multi-state effort – Keep Local Farms. This program helps support dairy farmers in New England www.keeplocalfarms.org(link is external).In her new role she will continue to lead the agency on dairy policy issues; she will also manage the day to day operations of the agency and the agriculture development staff to promote and market Vermont agriculture to create jobs and expand markets for Vermont producers.