Press Release

State names ag deputy commissioner, animal and plant health director

AUGUSTA, Maine — Aroostook County native Dave Lavway has been promoted to deputy commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), and Ellis Additon has come on board as the new director of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, according to a press release.

“The Maine people who make a living from and enjoy the state’s exceptional natural resources will be well served by the appointment of these outstanding individuals,” DACF Commissioner Walt Whitcomb said. “We are fortunate to have such leaders from both the public and private sector on our management team as we are strengthening our ACF agency with an increased focus on marketing and adding a strong manager to the Animal and Plant Health team.”

Dave Lavway, director of Animal and Plant Heath since July 2011, becomes the first deputy commissioner for economic development and marketing. He has an extensive background in agriculture and administration, including seven years as executive director of the Maine Potato Board and eight years as state executive director of the Maine Farm Service Agency, a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Lavway also served as director of government relations for the National Potato Council, and as an administrative officer with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural business and economics from the University of Maine.

Ellis Additon comes to DACF from Feed Commodities International, a business in Detroit, Maine, where he served as general manager and grew the business by more than 60 percent over six years. He also has handled loan and leasing finance in the agricultural, forestry and construction industries in Maine as a district manager with Telmark Inc., a subsidiary of Agway Inc. His B.S. from the University of Maine is in agriculture and resources economics.

As director of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, Additon will oversee a diverse operation charged with protecting the state’s plant resources from destructive insects and diseases, and ensuring the proper and humane treatment of animals. The division also enforces pesticide laws and works to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases among poultry and livestock.

 

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