UD Cooperative Extension Welcomes New Agriculture Agent

Dan SeversonThe University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is proud to welcome Daniel Severson as a new agriculture agent for New Castle County. Severson brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in the agricultural field, as well as a long history with the University of Delaware.

Severson was born and raised on a small farm outside Dover, Del. where his family grew hay and raised chickens and dairy cows.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science at UD in 1994. After college, he held various positions in the agricultural field, including managing a dairy farm, running a feed mill, and working at DuPont Pharmaceuticals. Everything came full circle when he returned to UD in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences as their laboratory coordinator. While working at UD, he earned his master’s degree in education, specializing in science education.

Severson has returned to Extension because he missed working with agricultural producers. “The ag community is full of wonderful people who have great stories,” said Severson. “I love to visit with farmers and help them with whatever issues they are having. The farm has always been a fun place for me, and to work with and educate producers on agriculture is a plus.”

Severson brings with him strong practical knowledge from living on a working farm, as well as spending a great deal of his career in the dairy industry. He feels his experience and education are his best assets. He looks forward to the opportunity to learn new concepts in his position as an agriculture agent that he can pass along to local agriculture producers. Seeing them incorporate new ideas into their production and succeed is something that he finds very rewarding.

He is married, with four children and lives on a small working farm in Cecil County, Maryland, where he raises goats, chickens and pigs.

Please visit http://extension.udel.edu/ag/ for more information on UD Extension’s Agricultural programs and resources.