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Ecological Science Staff

Delmer Stamps, State Resource ConservationistDelmer Stamps
State Resource Conservationist

  • Directs Ecological Sciences Staff
  • Responsible for all technical aspects of resource conservation planning and plant science/materials phase of the service program in Mississippi



 Contact Delmer Stamps or 601-965-4139 ext. 2122

Martha Hodges, Secretary

Martha Hodges

  • Serves as administrative assistant to the state resource conservationist
  • Works with a multi-disciplined technical staff which consist of a water quality specialist, grassland specialist, wildlife biologist, agronomist, economist, plant materials specialist, cultural resources specialist and forester
  • Provides correspondence, letters, bulletins, reports, schedules, etc. for the Ecological Sciences staff and other NRCS employees, conservation partners, and customers
  • Arranges meetings and conferences for the staff
  • Analyzes time and attendance
  • Responsible for the procurement of supplies, materials, equipment, furniture, etc. for the staff

Contact Martha Hodges or 601-965-4139 ext. 2148

Alan Holditch, Forester Alan Holditch

  • Serves as state forester for all phases of forest planning and management and its effects on the environment by providing technical assistance to the state of Mississippi

Contact Alan Holditch or 601-965-4139 ext. 2112


Glynda Clardy, Wildlife Biologist

Glynda Clardy
State Wildlife Biologist

  • Has overall state leadership responsibilities for furnishing technical guidance and coordination for NEPA, Wetland Conservation, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management/Restoration activities
  • The consideration of effects of other resource concerns and associated practices on fish and wildlife in the state of Mississippi
  • The planning, development, and implementation of biology phase of NRCS work in Mississippi

Contact Glynda Clardy or 601-965-4139 ext. 2127

Walter Jackson, Grazing Land Specialist Walter Jackson
Grazing Land Specialist

  • Has overall staff leadership responsibilities for furnishing technical guidance and coordination for pasture, range, grazeable woodlands and native resources and their impact on other resource concerns in the conservation programs in the state of Mississippi
  • Works with the ASTC (Technology) and other members of the Ecological Sciences Staff and field specialist in the development of the grazing lands program in the state and in the development of state policies, objectives, plans and procedures relative to the agronomic phases of the overall conservation program.
  • Make interpretations of national and state policies and procedures
  • Develops grassland technical standards, specifications, techniques, methods and procedures for technical guidance of field personnel
  • From technical knowledge, experience and available research, keeps current technical guides for statewide use
  • Develops adaptations of these guides to fit varying conditions in different localities
  • Prepares grassland research needs reports
  • Works with the PMC manager in evaluating forage plantings at the Plant Material Center and selects sites in various sections of the state for field plantings
  • Works with the Mississippi Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Steering Committee to promote best management practices on grazing lands

Contact Walter Jackson or 601-965-4139 ext. 2164

Marion Reed, Agricultural Economist

Marion Reed
Agricultural Economist

  • Coordinates maintenance of state and county cost lists that include cost-shared practices, maintenance of conservation practices, and costs for providing conservation technical assistance
  • Collaborates with other federal, state and local agencies and individuals to secure data for economic studies, analyze these as to adaptability an  use in the studies being made
  • Assists in collecting and analyzing economic data for natural resource project activities related to floodwater damages
  • Coordinates maintenance of planning certification spreadsheet for those employees seeking certification

Contact Marion Reed or 601-965-4139 ext. 2147

James (Cliff) Jenkins
Cultural Resources Specialist

  • Serves as a technical specialist in the identification, evaluation and protection of cultural resources associated with natural and human resource conservation measures.
  • Responsible for technical guidance on implementation of cultural resources compliance requirements

Contact Cliff Jenkins or 601-965-4139 ext. 2115

Conservation Agronomist

  • To Provide assistance to the state and area offices in administering agronomic technical assistance and the related agronomic disciplines
  • Provides technical guidance and direct assistance to field offices in order to solve agronomic problems on individual farms or group projects and assists in the promotion of conservation management practices
  • Reviews and evaluates effectiveness of conservation plans and applied resource management systems, and makes recommendations to the Assistant State Conservationist (FO) for improvements in policies, procedures and alternative treatments on cropland resources
  • Provides leadership and guidance in the design, development and implementation of complex agronomic systems
  • Provides leadership in promotion of soil quality, no-till and other related practices through public information activities (tours, conferences, individual contacts, etc.)
  • Work with agricultural industry to address nutrient, soil and water quality management


Tommy Moss, Research Agronomist Tommy Moss
Research Agronomist

  • Evaluation and research of plant species that show promise for use in conservation
  • Involving assisting in the development of research projects, collecting/ analyzing data, preparing reports of summarized data/conclusions from research and overseeing greenhouse operations

Contact Tommy Moss or 662-675-2588 ext. 23

James O. Pomerlee, Gardner

James O. Pomerlee

  • Cultivates and cares for ornamental plants and installs floral displays in indoor or outdoor settings through performance of any combination of following duties as directed by supervisory personnel.
  • Conditions and prepares soils and plants seeds, seedlings or bulbs in greenhouse or outdoor growing area, using spades, trowels, sprayers, sprinklers, cultivators and other gardening hand tools. 
  • Fertilizes, waters, weeds, transplants or thins plants in growing areas. Mixes and applies pesticides to maintain health of plants and prepare plants for installation in greenhouse or outdoor display areas. 
  • Maintains and repairs gardening hand tools and equipment and structures, such as greenhouses and hot beds, using maintenance tools.

Contact James O. Pomerlee or 662-675-2588 ext. 11

Jon K. Allison, Gardner Jon K. Allison

  • Duties at the PMC involve all aspects of our foundation seed program from initial increases of early plant releases, to full production in order to supply the commercial growers with the needed plant materials developed at the center.
  •  Involves a lot of agronomic and farming practices. Planting, weed and pest control, irrigation, harvesting and seed cleaning.
  • Soil fertility, crop rotation and application of conservation practices are required
  • Assisting the manager and agronomist in our research studies from technical standpoint.
  • Off center duties include plantings and demonstrations of plant based conservation practices.

Contact Jon K. Allison or 662-675-2588 ext. 18