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NRCS Maryland Welcomes Leadership Staff

Annapolis, Md., December 18, 2013– Jon Hall has resumed his tenure as State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maryland. He spent the last year on a temporary detail to the national NRCS civil rights division. Since 2007, Mr. Hall has overseen the agency's 80 employees in 23 offices throughout Maryland. He is responsible for NRCS’s $23 million budget in Maryland, including $16 million in federal conservation assistance to the state’s farmers and producers.

Patty Engler began her tenure this week as State Resource Conservationist. She will provide leadership in science and technology, ensuring NRCS conservationists deliver consistent, science-based, site-specific solutions to help land owners and operators and others conserve the soil, water, air, plants, and animals for productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

Patty has first-hand knowledge of Maryland’s vast natural resources and resource challenges, having served as a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, and on the State Resources Staff.   Since leaving Maryland, Patty has worked at NRCS National Headquarters in a variety of leadership roles. Her most recent position was the Chief of Staff of the Professional Development Center in Frederick for USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine program.

Patty received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Maryland. She lives in Eldersburg with her husband Kevin and two sons Alex and Sam.

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