Missouri State Conservationist
J.R. Flores has served as the Missouri State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) since August 30, 2009.
As State Conservationist, he provides leadership to 340 NRCS employees, including 99 Service Centers. He directs NRCS’ statewide efforts in helping people help the land through locally-led, cooperative conservation programs. He is a strong supporter of utilizing partnerships to maximize efforts in getting conservation on the land.
In addition to providing leadership for NRCS in Missouri, Mr. Flores contributes to the agency’s national efforts by serving on a number of committees, including having chaired the Chief’s Advisory Committee.
Mr. Flores’ 33-year career with NRCS has included serving in several locations as a Soil Conservationist and as a District Conservationist in Oklahoma and Texas, and as an Area Conservationist in Oklahoma. He later served as an Assistant State Conservationist in California, as Acting State Conservationist in New York, and as Deputy State Conservationist in Wyoming. He served as State Conservationist in North Dakota from 2004 until his selection as Missouri’s 9th State Conservationist.
Mr. Flores is a native of Altus, OK. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Cameron University in Lawton, OK. He and his wife Nancy have three grown children, including a son who served a tour with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan, and three grandchildren.