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NRCS selects new district conservationist for Oxford County

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BANGOR, Maine (June 11, 2020) – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected Luis Aponte as new District Conservationist for Oxford County.

Aponte, who most recently served as an NRCS Soil Conservationist in the USDA Service Center in Lewiston, started in the new position on June 7, 2020.

“We are excited to introduce Luis as the District Conservation in our South Paris Field Office,” Acting State Conservationist Dan Schmidt said. “He is bringing a wealth of dedication, enthusiasm and leadership that will continue our deliverance of conservation assistance to Oxford county farmers and woodlot owners.”

Aponte grew up in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science (specializing in Horticulture) from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He started his career in 2014 working as an agronomist for a banana farm and then moved to Maine to work with NRCS in Augusta in November 2015.  He has worked with a variety of farmers in the Augusta and Lewiston offices in the past five years, including livestock, fruit and vegetables and woodlot owners. When not working, he enjoys “cinema, video games, a nice cold brew, and the occasional day out hiking or snowshoeing.”

Aponte can be reached at

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership and technical assistance to address natural resource conservation issues on private land. NRCS employees work to improve and protect natural resources in partnership with Maine's 16 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, federal, state and local agencies, farmers, landowners and communities.  The partnership's commitment to conservation provides a solid foundation to a locally led program delivery system.  The partnership is also committed to a voluntary, incentive-based approach to private land stewardship and conservation treatment.





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