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Mary Podoll Named State Conservationist for North Dakota NRCS


September 15, 2011

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Tanner Blair, Acting Public Affairs Specialist, 701-530-2074

BISMARCK, ND September 15, 2011 �USDA� Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has named Mary Podoll as its new North Dakota State Conservationist effective September 12, 2011.

Ms. Podoll, who had been Director of the East National Technology Support Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, will be in charge of managing NRCS operations in North Dakota, which includes over 300 employees and 51 field offices throughout the state. NRCS is a federal agency that works with private landowners on conservation practices to improve and protect their soil, water, and other natural resources.

� am humbled and honored to be selected as state conservationist for North Dakota,�noted Ms. Podoll. �here is a lot of resource conservation potential in this state and I look forward to working with staff to help landowners and producers preserve the vibrancy of their lands. Part of my mission at NRCS is to make sure we work hard to address the public� needs and to ensure the sustainability of our state� agricultural lands for generations to come.�

Ms. Podoll has over 24 years of experience working at NRCS. She began her career as a Soil Conservationist, and later became a District Conservationist in Southwest Oklahoma. She also served as a Resource Conservationist in South Dakota, and then as Assistant Director of the Pacific Islands area. Prior to her role as Director of the East National Technology Support Center, Ms. Podoll spent three years as an Area Conservationist in New Mexico.

Raised on a wheat, corn, and cattle farm in Southwest Nebraska, Ms. Podoll became interested in pursuing a career with agriculture and resource conservation at a young age. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and soils.

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