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Agency Leadership

Secretary, Anson Tebbetts

Anson Tebbetts

Anson Tebbetts was appointed by Governor Phil Scott to be the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets in 2016.

Anson grew up on his dairy farm in Cabot where his family raised Jersey dairy cows, sheep, and ran a Vermont maple syrup sugaring operation. While farming Anson also had a long career in broadcasting in both radio and television. An award-winning reporter and storyteller, Anson’s last position was managing reporters, editors, and photographers for television. Anson still lives in Cabot on his family farm, where his son Alden, a student at Middlebury College, hunts wild turkey and deer. Anson’s wife Vicky enjoys foraging the land, and his daughter Adelie loves the forest and baking. A nature lover and birder, Anson’s radio show “For the Birds” can be heard weekly on Radio Vermont.

Deputy Secretary, Alyson Eastman

Alyson Eastman was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets by Governor Phil Scott in January of 2017.  Most recently, she served in the Vermont State legislature, representing the Addison-Rutland 1 District. A graduate of Champlain College, Eastman has owned and operated several successful businesses over the years, offering a wide variety of services including property management, payroll, bookkeeping, and H-2 Visa management.  Agriculture has always been an important part of her life. She grew up on the family farm in Orwell, Vermont. Throughout her youth, she was active in 4-H. She continues to live on the family farm in Orwell with her husband, and two sons.

Chief Operating Officer, Nicole Dubuque
Nicole Dubuque


Nicole Dubuque joined the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in January of 2023 as the Director of Administrative Services. In this role, Nicole oversees and coordinates all administrative functions and goals for the Agency. Nicole is a 7th generation Vermonter with a rich family history of farming in Vermont and the Adirondacks. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Nicole has worked in a variety of roles with local non-profits and in state government, including both program management and policy and planning roles.  Originally from Colchester, Nicole now resides in South Hero with her husband, and two sons.