Regional Conservationist for the West, Astor Boozer
Astor Boozer returned to Washington, DC permanently in FY 2012, to take the position as Regional Conservationist for the West Region, for the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Astor began his 26-year NRCS career in Texas as a Soil Conservation Technician. Texas is not only his home state, where he grew up on a farm and ranch (truck crop and cow/calf operation), but it is where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas.
Astor has worked for the NRCS in New York, Iowa, Nebraska, New Jersey, Kansas, and Washington D.C. Working in multiple states and having many positions, has given him a well-rounded background in natural resource programs, policies, and procedures.
Since returning to Washington, DC, Astor has strengthened the conservation and environmental partnerships throughout the western states. His efforts to involve everyone in the NRCS conservation mission, has been a crucial part of getting conservation on the ground. His enthusiasm has truly engaged the employees to achieve successful accomplishments and it has encouraged the growth of the conservation family.