The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources Director Nancy McBrady has introduced Ronda Steciuk as the brand new Animal Welfare Program director, Matthew Boucher because the bureau’s new soil scientist, Gus Nelson as The Emergency Food Assistance Program director, and Shane Bacon because the Maine Harness Racing Commission govt director, in line with a information launch from the Augusta-based bureau.
“Ronda, Matthew, Gus and Shane joining our team will help bolster the department’s capacity to meet the agriculture sector’s challenging problems, such as climate change, animal welfare and food insecurity,” stated McBrady. “These new leaders bring wide-ranging expertise and a commitment to support Maine’s rural and agricultural communities and deliver programming designed to solve the sector’s challenges.”
Steciuk of Falmouth brings a wealth of expertise and depth concerning animal welfare applications to the bureau. She began with this system on July 25.
Boucher of Westbrook will develop, handle, and direct the division’s new Healthy Soils Program. The place is a key useful resource for main climate-smart agricultural apply training, coaching and data alternate to staff, related state businesses, useful resource companions and constituents starting from agricultural producers to most people.
Nelson of Lisbon Falls is the director of The Emergency Food Assistance Program, a federal USDA program that the state administers by buying, storing and distributing commodity meals all through Maine. Additional meals entry applications he’ll handle embody the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Maine Hunters for the Hungry.
Bacon of Herman, till this transition as govt director of the fee, was a New York State Gaming Commission Steward, accountable for implementing the fee guidelines and the presiding decide at Yonkers Raceway.