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Stephanie Carden, NRCS in HendersonStephanie Carden
Soil Conservation Technician
Area 1

With her sights set on a career with NRCS, Stephanie applied and was selected for the soil conservation technician position in the Henderson Service Center in 2012. She is passionate about her work with landowners as she assists them with practice implementation or discusses their resource concerns for their farm. Read her story.


Peggy Jackson BagwellPeggy Bagwell
Resource Conservationist
Area 2

Peggy has been with NRCS for over 18 years and in the early days of her career, she experienced some barriers few women face today. Here is her story in her own words



Kate Little, Resource Conservationist

Kate Little
Resource Conservationist
NRCS Ky State Office

Kate was raised to appreciate the land and now she has the opportunity to work everyday helping landowners improve their operations in environmentally friendly ways.  Read her story.



Connie Sturgill, Soil Conservation Technician

Connie Sturgill
Soil Conservation Technician
Whitesburg, Kentucky

Connie studied business management and accounting in college but knew it wasn't the career for her. Read how she gives back to her community through her work with NRCS.


Deena Wheby, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

Deena Wheby
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Lexington, Kentucky

Deena has held many positions for the agency, most of which were in Kentucky, but this West Virginia native has also accomplished many firsts! Throughout her career, Deena has had a passion for providing quality technical assistance to farmers. Read Deena's full story.



Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson
Soil Conservationist
Maysville, Kentucky

Emily has been involved in agriculture all her life from being raised on a tobacco and cattle farm to participating in 4-H and FFA.  Now she helps out on the family farm and gives back to her community all made possible by her career in agriculture.  Read Emily's story here.



Jennifer Chastain, Resource ConservationistJennifer Chastain
Resource Conservationist
Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Jennifer Chastain was raised to appreciate the land and that appreciation turned into a career in agriculture.  She enjoys working with landowners every day, helping them make sound natural resource decisions for their land.  Read Jennifer's story here.  


Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist

Karen Woodrich
State Conservationist
Lexington, Kentucky

NRCS in Kentucky is proud to have Karen Woodrich, the state's first female State Conservationist! Karen became interested in agriculture at a young age and now is leading the agency that makes such a positive impact on Kentucky's natural resources day in and day out.  Read Karen's story here.


Kathy Hodges

Kathy Hodges
District Conservationist
Campbellsville, Kentucky

Kathy learned at a young age to live by the FFA Motto of learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, living to serve.  She has been serving in agriculture and making a difference in the lives of people for many years now.  Read here story here.


Lacey Gaw, ASTC for FO

Lacey Gaw
Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations
Frankfort, Kentucky

Lacey is a Tennessee girl at heart, but is settling into her role in Kentucky.  A promotion and a new baby all in the same year is keeping her busy!  Read Lacey's story.




Markita Givens, Engineering TechnicianMarkita Givens
Civil Engineering Technician
Bowling Green, Kentucky

For many years of her career, Markita served as an Area Coordinator. Now she is on the NRCS engineering staff and loves getting outside to experience the beautiful landscape of Kentucky.  Read Markita's full story.


Sue Stone, Area Resource Conservationist

Sue Stone
Area Resource Conservationist
Madisonville, Kentucky

Sue spent much of her career as a district conservationist working directly with the landowners.  Now she provides technical guidance to NRCS employees in 30 counties.  She is a valuable asset to this agency!  Read her story here.