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Janzen Receives National Plant Materials Program Award

Mark A. Janzen, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Natural Resource Specialist, Salina, Kansas, was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Materials Program. 

Janzen received the Special Service Award for his leadership as acting manager at the Manhattan, Kansas, Plant Materials Center (PMC) in 2016.  His efforts were indispensable as he maintained operations, coordinated critical facility upgrades, and assisted with hiring new staff.  He was instrumental in maintaining relationships with key partners to improve the effectiveness during this time and maximized the practical value of PMC projects to NRCS staff and customers.  Janzen also serves as the NRCS forestry and organic contact person for Kansas. 

The Manhattan PMC is one of 27 plant materials centers throughout the nation that uses plants to solve natural resource problems.  It is owned and operated by the NRCS.  The PMC offers services to a diverse region of the Heartland including Kansas, Nebraska, northern Oklahoma, and northeastern Colorado.

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