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Scott Hutchins, Ph.D.


Deputy Under Secretary
US Department of Agriculture Research, Education and Economics Mission

Dr. Scott Hutchins is the deputy under secretary for the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Research, Education and Economics mission area, which is comprised of the Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Together these agencies cut across every USDA department and have unique federal leadership responsibility to advance agriculture research, extension and education. He was sworn-in by Secretary Perdue on January 29, 2019.

Hutchins retired from CortevaTM AgriScience after almost 32 years, where he held many roles in Program Management, Human Resources, Six Sigma, R&D Portfolio Management and Global Administration. In addition, he is a board-certified entomologist, adjunct professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, past president of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), Fellow and Honorary Member of the ESA.

Hutchins received a bachelor’s degree in entomology from Auburn University, a master’s degree in entomology from Mississippi State University and a doctorate degree in entomology from Iowa State University. He and his wife Janet have three children and seven grandchildren.

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