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Melissa Rucker - New Area 3 CoordinatorMelissa Rucker, new Area 3 Coordinator

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Gary McFarland, NRCS Natural Resource Planner and Volunteer FiremanGary McFarland, Recipient of the 2014 President's Volunteer Award.

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Alyx Chaivre - 1890's ScholarAlyx Chaivre, 1890's Scholar and Summer Intern in the Shelbyville Work Unit.

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Lynn Kinser, Area Administrative Coordinator

Lynn Kinser, Area Administrative Coordinator and Area Earth Team Volunteer Coordinator, has a heart for helping veterans get back on their feet after serving our country.


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 Chris Allard, Human Resource Specialist with NRCS in Kentucky and his Little Brother

Chris Allard, Human Resources Specialist, spends his free time with his Little Brother.  Read his story about volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.



Reed & Emily Cripps

Dr. Reed Cripps has been named the new Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Kentucky effective July 1st, 2013.  More about Reed...



Sheila Keeling, Resource Conservationist

Sheila Keeling completed the Emerging Leaders Development Program (ELDP) this year and encourages other NRCS employees to take advantage of the opportunity when the program is offered again. Read Sheila's story.




Paul Howell, GeologistPaul Howell has been the only Geologist for NRCS in Kentucky for decades.  He has helped countless landowners with water supply issues on their farms.  What has kept him with the agency for nearly 49 years?  Read his story.




Kurt Mason braving a cold February day to teach landowners about soil health.

Kurt Mason doesn't have the traditional conservationist role because he has spent most of his career in the urban area of Louisville, Kentucky.  The diversity of his work is what he loves most his story. 


Webster County Land Judging Team 2013For the family of Gary Reckner, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, land judging seems to run in the family.   Now headed to the National Land Judging Competition in Oklahoma, Gary's two daughters have an opportunity to bring home another national title. 

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Lori Baker at the Kitten Corner in the Lexington Humane Society


Lori Baker, Contract Specialist in Lexington, spends much of her free time volunteering for the Lexington Humane Society.   Read how Lori is making a difference!


Coleman Gusler, State Conservation Engineer


Coleman Gusler selected as the State Conservation Engineer (February 2013).  Read more.



Charles Farmer, District Conservationist

Charles Farmer, District Conservationist has a passion for protecting farmland in Kentucky. Read more.