Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, and Bill Vanderwende, chairman of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, recently announced that the Delaware Department of Agriculture has chosen Larry Towle to be the new nutrient management program administrator.


Ed Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture, and Bill Vanderwende, chairman of the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission, recently announced that the Delaware Department of Agriculture has chosen Larry Towle to be the new nutrient management program administrator.

Towle, of Wyoming, replaces Bill Rohrer, who left the position in April.

Towle is no stranger to agriculture or the DDA. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in 1975, he worked for Agway for nine years in retail and crop center management, and spent two years working with USDA Soil Conservation Service mapping wetland is Sussex County for program compliance.

He has worked for the Delaware Department of Agriculture for 20 years during which he coordinated the pesticide certification and training program and fulfilled duties as the liaison with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on agricultural complaints.

“I am very pleased that Larry Towle accepted the position,” Kee said. “He has been an outstanding employee throughout his career with DDA. His track record with helping Delaware farmers, the agricultural community, and the public is nothing short of exceptional. He is a great asset to DDA now and will continue to be in the future.”

Vanderwende added, “The commission is happy that Larry Towle agreed to help us take Delaware’s nationally recognized Nutrient Management Program forward as we implement new regulations and standards in the coming months and years. We are certain that he will be an outstanding program administrator.”

Towle, who was born in southeastern Pennsylvania on a dairy/horse farm, lives in Wyoming with his wife Barbara. They have three grown children and three grandchildren. The Towles own a 23-acre poultry farm that is under contract with Perdue Farms.