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Earl Garber Elected As President of National Association of Conservation Districts

Holly L. Martien

Louisiana Ag Leaders Congratulate Garber

ALEXANDRIA, February 8, 2013 – The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) recently announced Louisiana farmer Earl Garber will serve a two-year term as President, beginning January 29, 2013.  Garber was elected by the NACD Board during its 2013 NACD Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

“Earl Garber will bring Louisiana’s agricultural voice to a national table,” said Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.  “His wealth of hands-on farming knowledge and life-long conservation ethic will serve our farmers and natural resources well.”

“As a conservation district supervisor and agriculture consultant, Earl has his finger on the pulse of today’s farming community,” said Kevin Norton, Louisiana’s State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  “He knows the issues that are important to today’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners, and he will serve them well in his new position.”

Earl Garber is a licensed crop consultant and rice, soybean, and hay producer from Basile, Louisiana.  He held the position of Louisiana Board Member for NACD, prior to being elected as NACD Second Vice President in 2009, First Vice President in 2011, and President-elect in 2012. He has served as Chairman of the NACD Legislative Foundation Committee for the past four years.  He also serves as a district board member on the Acadia Soil and Water Conservation District serving Acadia Parish.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Louisiana’s 44 Soil and Water Conservation Districts work in partnership to help Louisiana’s farmers and ranchers conserve soil, water, air, and other natural resources to ensure a healthy environment and abundant crops to feed and clothe our nation.

To find out more about the National Association of Conservation Districts, visit  To locate a conservation district near you, visit  To locate your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office, visit or look in your telephone directory under “United States Government.”


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