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Chris Gross, Nutrient Management Specialist

Working out of Beltsville, MD, as a National Nutrient Management Specialist, Chris Gross leads nutrient management technology tool development efforts for the Water Quality and Quantity National Technology Development Team.

Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy-Soil Science (1985) and a Master of Science in Agronomy – Environmental Non-point Source Pollution (1989), both from the University of Maryland, College Park. Chris also spent five years as a faculty research technician conducting water quality related field and laboratory research. He is a certified professional soil scientist, and a certified Nutrient Management Consultant.

Chris grew up spending summers on the family dairy / hog / cash grain farm in Wenings, Germany. He began his USDA career with Maryland SCS in 1989 as the agency’s first Nutrient Management Specialist. Other positions have included Water Quality Demonstration Project Leader, State Water Quality Specialist, State Agronomist, Acting National Plant Materials Center Director, and Acting National Nutrient Management Specialist in NRCS National Headquarters.

In his current position, Chris is responsible for NRCS nutrient management related technology tools, policy, and conservation practice standards. Chris works jointly and cooperatively with other federal agencies, private industry, and land grant university partners on many technology tools, including MMP, SNMP, PI, N-Index, LI, AWM, NLEAP, EQIP / CSP water quality eligibility tools, Energy Estimator – Nitrogen, and NTT.

Along with technology development responsibilities, Chris has also developed and presented nationwide training to NRCS and many conservation partners on technology tools, nutrient management, energy, and water quality risk assessment.

Chris resides in Ellicott City, Maryland with his wife Debbie and three children, Jessica, Julia, and Nicholas.



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