Agency Leadership

Secretary, Anson Tebbetts

Anson Tebbetts was appointed Vermont’s Secretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017.

Prior to his appointment, Tebbetts spent more than twenty years as part of the WCAX news team, serving as the station’s news director since 2009. From 2007-2009, he stepped away from his role at WCAX to serve as Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, under the Douglas administration. An avid bird enthusiast, he co-hosts “For the Birds” on WDEV & WLVB radio.

Tebbetts, a graduate of Emerson College, is a native Vermonter with deep agricultural roots. He was born and raised on his family’s farm in Cabot, where he continues to reside today with his wife Vicky and their two children. In 2001, the Vermont Farm Bureau honored him with their Friend of the Farmer award.

Deputy Secretary, Alyson Eastman

Alyson Eastman was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017.
Most recently, she served in the Vermont State legislature, representing the Addison-Rutland 1 District. A graduate of Champlain College, Eastman has owned and operated several successful businesses over the years, offering a wide variety of services including property management, payroll, bookkeeping, and H-2 Visa management.
Agriculture has always been an important part of her life. She grew up on the family farm in Orwell, Vermont. Throughout her youth, she was active in 4-H. She continues to live on the family farm in Orwell with her husband, and two sons.

Director of Administrative Services, Diane Bothfeld

Diane Bothfeld serves the Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets as the Director of Adminitsrative Services.  Her duties include managing all administrative functions for the Agency of Agriculture, including its $20 million budget, human resources, policy and daily operations.  Diane has also served as the Deputy Secretary from 2006 thru 2009 under the Douglas Administration.  

Diane 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.

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901


Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.461.5128
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431