About Us

Our Mission: To promote and protect Delaware Agriculture through education and advocacy to ensure a quality of life for farmers and their consumers.

Since it was established in 1944, the Delaware Farm Bureau has become one of the strongest farm organizations in the First State. DFB is a non-profit and nongovernmental organization that serves as a unified voice for farmers in the State of Delaware.

Controlled by its members through the democratic process and financed through membership dues, this group of over 8,400 farm families and associate members help form a national organization that is over six million strong. These families are united for the purpose of preserving agriculture as an industry and way of life; Farm Bureau is their vehicle to accomplish this.

Delaware Farm Bureau is politically active, but nonpartisan. On both the local and national front, Farm Bureau has defended agriculture against unreasonable taxes and regulations, threats to property rights and damaging misconceptions about farming.

Delaware Farm Bureau consists of its three counties:
DEFB Board of Directors

  • 2nd Vice President
    Jim Mitchell
  • President
    Kitty Holtz
  • 1st Vice President
    Laura Hill


  • Stewart Ramsey, Jr. New Castle County Farm Bureau President Wilmington, DE
  • Richard Wilkins Kent County Farm Bureau President Greenwood, DE
  • Jesse Vanderwende Sussex County Farm Bureau President Bridgeville, DE
  • Mary Bea Gooden State Women’s Committee Chair Viola, DE
  • June Unruh NCCOFB  Women’s Committee Chair Townsend, DE
  • Sandy Virdin KCFB Women’s Committee Chair Hartly, DE
  • Connie Fox SCFB Women’s Committee Chair Milford, DE
  • Jacob Urian State YF&R Chair Clayton, DE
  • Travis Voshell NCCOFB YF&R Chair Smyrna, DE
  • Jonathan Moore KCFB YF&R Chair Wyoming, DE
  • Steve Breeding SCFB YF&R Chair  Seaford, DE
  • Paul Cartanza Dover, DE
  • Thomas Collier Harrington, DE
  • Doug Corey Bridgeville, DE
  • Mark Davis Georgetown, DE
  • John Filasky Middletown, DE
  • David Marvel Harrington, DE
  • Will Powers III Townsend, DE
  • Fred Stites Townsend, DE
  • Herb Wright Delmar, DE

DEFB Office Staff

Member Services CoordinatorJan Cartanza
Member Services Coordinator


Foundation ManagerLaura Simpson
Foundation Manager

Marketing and Administrative CoordinatorHeather Kline
Marketing and Administrative Coordinator


Public Records CoordinatorCarol Kinsley
Public Records Coordinator

Who we support:

American Farm Bureau Federation

Delaware FFA Association

Delaware 4-H

Delaware State Fair

Delaware Ag Week


Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner

Delaware State Fair Junior Livestock Auction

University of Delaware Ag Day

Delmarva Poultry Industry