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USDA Announces New District Conservationist in Kings County

Jim Cairns (530) 792-5693
Marcus Burks (559) 772-3637

HANFORD, Calif., January 16, 2019 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcus Burks as the new district conservationist for the NRCS field office in Hanford, California.

Burks is a native of Port Gibson, Miss. He attended Alcorn State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant and Soil Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Agronomy. He has been with the agency for nine years, including seven years as a soil conservationist in Hanford.

Burks’ goal in his new position, he says, is to “continue and build upon the excellent working relationships we have with Kings County farmers and introduce ourselves [office staff] to others. I want to reach out to more historically underserved farmers in the county and help strengthen some and rebuild other relationships with Resource Conservation Districts and different partners in the county. Doing this will help us help even more people help the land.”

Popular conservation practices in Kings County include irrigation improvements and nutrient management on orchards and cropland, manure management on dairies, waste storage facilities, and cover crops to name a few.

NRCS is a federal agency that works in partnership with resource conservation districts. With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” NRCS provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands.

More information on NRCS’ products and services can be found on the NRCS California web site at