AUGUSTA — The Division of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Bureau of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Sources has named Michelle Webb as director of the Agricultural Useful resource Improvement Division.
As the brand new ARD director, Webb will oversee statewide packages benefiting farms, meals producers and the general public, together with advertising and marketing and promotion efforts such because the Actual Maine agriculture and agri-tourism branding program, in addition to supporting home and worldwide commerce alternatives. Different ARD packages embrace federally funded meals help, farmland safety, viability technical help, grants, loans investing in innovation and farms, soil and water conservation assist, and agricultural gala’s help. She heads a devoted and inventive staff operating these efforts and can constantly have interaction with state, regional, and federal stakeholders on points impacting Maine’s meals economic system, in accordance with a information launch from Jim Britt, communications director on the bureau.
Earlier than becoming a member of ARD, Webb served for 11 years because the director of Useful resource Improvement and Development at Kennebec Valley Group Faculty, offering strategic oversight and fundraising marketing campaign assist. She additionally served as government director of the school’s 501(c)(3) basis, working with grants, advertising and marketing, communication, and connecting college students, employers and group members with assets and alternatives. Earlier than KVCC, Webb was a useful resource growth specialist for Japanese Maine Group Faculty and held varied different roles inside that system.
Webb resides within the Belgrade Lakes Area.