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Dennis Jones Selected as Area Conservationist for USDA NRCS Mississippi Southern Counties

Laura T. Anderson, Acting Public Affairs Specialist

Dennis Jones Selected as Area Conservationist for


USDA NRCS Mississippi Southern Counties



Jackson, September 5, 2018 -The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce that Dennis Jones has been named Area Conservationist. Jones and will oversee 24 NRCS Field Service Centers in the southern counties of Mississippi. 


 “I am very humble, grateful and excited to serve as the Area Conservationist in Area 3,” Jones said. “I look forward to continuing working with our partners and the landowners in fulfilling NRCS’s mission of Helping People, Help the Land.” 


 Jones will replace Wesley Kerr, who retired in December 2016 as Area Conservationist.


Jones, a native of Waynesboro, Miss., has been involved in agriculture all his life.  As a child, he worked on his grandmother’s beef cattle farm and frequently assisted his father, who worked with the Mississippi State Extension Service as a county agent and district program director. Throughout high school and college, he worked as a farm manager on a horse and beef cattle farm in Wayne County. 


 Jones, a 1999 graduate of Wayne County High School, received a scholarship to play football and pursue a degree in General Agriculture at Alcorn State University. He graduated cum laude from Alcorn in 2003. 


 After graduation, Jones obtained a Soil Conservationist job with the NRCS in Pontotoc County, Mississippi from 2003 to 2005.  He then served as a Soil Conservationist in Marshall County, Mississippi from 2005 to 2006, and the District Conservationist in Union County, Mississippi from 2006 to 2009.  He later served as the Supervisory District Conservationist for Lincoln, Lawrence, and Franklin Counties from 2009 to 2014. Most recently he worked as the Area Resource Conservationist for Area 3.


Jones is married to the former Carol Taylor of Buckatunna, Miss, and they have three children, Kara (11), and twins Dennis Jr. and Layla (9).  


Jones has a vast knowledge of conservation practices and Farm Bill Programs. He also enjoys working with producers and NRCS staff to get conservation on the ground.