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New State Conservationist Selected for Mississippi

Jackson, MS - The U. S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the selection of a new State Conservationist for Mississippi.  Kurt Readus began his tenure as Mississippi State Conservationist for NRCS on September 22, 2013.

Readus graduated from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Science.  He began his career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1998 as a student trainee, where he worked in the states Arizona and Alabama.Kurt Readus, State Conservationist

In 2000, Readus became Soil Conservationist in Avondale, Arizona and was promoted in 2005 to District Conservationist.  Seven years later, he accepted the position of Area Conservationist of Central Mississippi, where he provided leadership and guidance to twenty-one field offices, in addition to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians Tribal Field Office.

Kurt Readus served as the Assistant State Conservationist-Programs in Mississippi from January 2011 to September 2013.

Throughout his career, he has served on details to National Headquarters in Washington, D. C. with the National Conservation Stewardship Team and has served as Acting Deputy State Conservationist for California.

He is married to Dr. Fonda L. Readus and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.  He truly believes in fulfilling the mission of NRCS, "Helping People, Help the Land."