Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Walter E. Whitcomb is the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for Governor LePage's Administration.
Walt Whitcomb is the co-owner of Springdale Jerseys, a 400-head dairy farm located in Waldo. The family farm sells milk to Maine processors and registered cattle to buyers nationwide. Started in 1951, the farm is now operated by his mother, Lois, and two daughters, Carrie and Holly. Prior to joining Governor LePage’s Cabinet, Walt has volunteered with the Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA) serving as President and as the MDIA Federal Policy Advisor. Walt served as Chairman of the Maine Farm Service Agency, USDA and chaired Senator Collins and Senator Snowe’s selection committee for federal agricultural and Small Business Administration appointments. From 1984 – 1996, Walt served in the Maine House of Representatives, a member on the Agriculture Committee, Taxation Committee and was elected Republican House leader from 1990 – 1996.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is the newly combined State of Maine support center for our many land-based, natural resource interests.
Our professionals at the Department take a collective pride in providing excellent customer service through our hundreds of activities and programs from protecting the food we eat, to stopping forest fires, to mapping the ocean floor; from keeping our parks and public lands pristine and accessible, to planning wise land utilization, to helping new farmers.
Commissioner Whitcomb lives with his wife Nancy in Waldo; they have three children and two grandsons.