Secretary of Agriculture
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. His parents and grandfather ran a traditional dairy, converting to an organic operation until his father’s death in 2001. In 2001, the Vermont Farm Bureau honored him with their Friend of the Farmer award. Still waking up every day before sunrise, Anson cares for an assortment of critters on the farm. Anson, along with a talented agency staff, are dedicated to ensuring that agriculture continues to be a viable option for future generations. The Agency is focused on growing the rural economy, making Vermont more affordable and taking care of Vermont’s most vulnerable.
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