Former Ag Secretary Roger Allbee joins Vermont Technical College

first_imgVermont Technical College,Vermont Technical College President Philip A. Conroy has announced that former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Roger N Allbee, has been named consultant and advisor to the President and the College. In this position, Allbee will assist in helping the Institution position itself to address the technical and applied knowledge skills important to students interested in agriculture and related food systems. ‘We’re excited that Roger will be putting his expertise to work at Vermont Tech,’ said Dr. Conroy. ‘One of the college’s areas of growth is diversified agriculture; with Roger’s broad and deep interest in the field, he’s well equipped to help VTC respond to new developments in the industry.’  ‘Vermont is experiencing a renaissance of interest in agriculture and local food systems ‘ from vegetables to vineyards, artesian cheeses and farm-raised beef,’ said Allbee. ‘The state’s higher education system must be supportive of those things, teaching students about the cultural, economic and environmental issues involved in managing these businesses. As the only technical college chartered in the state of Vermont, Vermont Tech is best suited to build upon its strengths while collaborating with other state colleges as well as the State’s Land Grant, the University of Vermont.’ Allbee’s career in agriculture includes a stint as executive director of the USDA Farm Services Agency for the State of Vermont and a long-time consultant in agribusiness and international trade. He co-founded AGTECH, an agricultural trade and export concern that was the first U.S. company to market cranberries and cranberry products in Hungary and the Czech Republic. As secretary of agriculture, Allbee administered one of the agencies with the most diverse and publically watched responsibilities in the State of Vermont. Under his leadership, the agency oversaw animal health and welfare; agricultural development, weights and measures; water quality and nutrient management; invasive and exotic pests and pesticide certification; seed, feed, and fertilizer testing; milk and meat processing inspection/certification and food safety; and international trade and policy. Allbee resides in Townshend, VT. About Vermont Technical College ‘ Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two primary campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, and at 11 nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region. www.vtc.edu(link is external) Randolph, VT, January 9, 2012 ‘last_img read more