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Partnership Building Key Emphasis for New Iowa NRCS State Conservationist

Jay MarState Conservationist Jay T. Mar, who joined the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa this October, brings a strong belief in partnership building and a deep dedication to serving people.

Mar, who also held the top NRCS conservation job in Connecticut, is a native of Minot, ND. He 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 in North Dakota, where he also served as a soil conservationist and district conservationist. 

During his 30-year career, Mar also worked for NRCS in Wyoming and Delaware. In addition, he enjoyed the opportunity to serve on a USDA Conservation Technology Exchange team in Denmark.

"I am excited to work and partner with the many great people and organizations in Iowa who care about conservation," said Mar. "Getting more conservation on the ground and delivering the Farm Bill to our customers will be top priorities for me."

He graduated from North Dakota State University where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Range-Botany and Wildlife-Zoology.

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, a NRCS Range Conservationist in Wyoming. The Mars enjoy fishing, hunting, camping, and family time.


Laura Crowell, State Public Affairs Specialist, 515-323-2207