The Agency of Agriculture is pleased to welcome Ms. Brooke Decker as Vermont’s Pollinator Health Specialist. This is Vermont’s first, full-time, pollinator health position and was created by Act 35 in the 2019 legislative session. In this role, Ms. Decker will develop comprehensive strategies to improve the health of Vermont’s pollinators. Ms. Decker will guide the state’s apiary regulatory program, as well as collaboratively develop outreach & education materials and state policy to protect and improve the health of all pollinators in Vermont.
Ms. Decker is well-qualified for this position, having a worked as an inspector in Vermont’s apiary program for the past 3 summers, and also has significant work experience in science education and native pollinators. Ms. Decker has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and a masters degree in environmental education. She is a member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association. She looks forward to improving collaborations will all pollinator stakeholders in Vermont and the region.
Ms. Decker joined the Agency full-time on September 1, 2019 and is based out of Randolph, where she will co-located with the Agency’s other entomology programs.