Champaign, IL--USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Ivan Dozier recently selected Eric Gerth as the new Assistant State Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs in Illinois. Gerth will work in the agency’s State Office facility located in Champaign, Illinois and will have statewide responsibility for implementing Farm Bill Programs in Illinois including the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), and other National watershed and landscape initiatives.
Gerth grew up on a grain farm near Chatsworth, IL where his family is still actively engaged in the operation. Gerth graduated from Illinois State University in December 1995 with Bachelor degrees in Agribusiness and Agronomy. He started his career with NRCS in January 1996 as a Soil Conservationist in Macoupin County. In 1999 he became the District Conservationist in Christian County, and from 2004 – 2010 served as the District Conservationist in Livingston and Ford Counties. Most recently, Gerth served as the Resource Conservationist on the Farm Bill Programs staff at NRCS' State Office in Champaign.
“Eric has been an outstanding staff member and has become a key component in our efforts to make the best use of federal Farm Bill program opportunities and funds. In his new role, I know he’ll help us put more conservation solutions on the ground across the state,” said Dozier.
Gerth currently resides in LeRoy, IL with his wife, Lori, and their three children.
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