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Jay T. Mar, State Conservationist

Jay Mar, State Conservationist

Mar came to Iowa in October 2012 from Connecticut, where he also served as State Conservationist.

Born in Minot, North Dakota, Mar grew up on farms in the White Earth Valley and Red River Valley. He began his conservation career planting trees for the Ward County Soil Conservation District. He graduated from North Dakota State University where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Range-Botany and Wildlife-Zoology.

Mar's 30-year career with NRCS includes a diverse background of experience:

  • Soil Conservation Intern in Burleigh County, North Dakota, and the USDA Plant Materials Center
  • Soil Conservationist in Mclean County, North Dakota
  • District Conservationist in Sheridan County, North Dakota
  • USDA Conservation Technology Exchange, Hedeselskabet, Denmark
  • RC&D Coordinator for Lake Agassiz Resource Conservation and Development Area, North Dakota, providing assistance to both urban and rural communities in the counties of Cass, Ransom, Richland, Sergeant and Steele
  • Detail as Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Wyoming
  • Assistant State Conservationist for Programs and Small Watershed Program Manager, Wyoming
  • Detail as Acting State Conservationist, Delaware

Mar is married to his high school sweetheart, Linda. They have three grown sons - Aaron, a teacher in Guatemala; Nathan, a Nuclear Engineer in Minnesota; and Ryan, an NRCS Range Conservationist in Wyoming. The Mars enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, and family time.