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Nebraska Welcomes Britt Weiser as Acting State Conservationist

Joanna Pope

LINCOLN, Neb. June 24, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce Britt Weiser as the Acting Nebraska State Conservationist.

Craig Derickson had served as the Nebraska State Conservationist for NRCS for the past 10 years. He retired on Dec. 31, 2020, after 35 years of federal service. Upon Derickson’s retirement Jeff Vander Wilt was asked to serve as the acting Nebraska State Conservationist where he served in this role for the past six months. His appointment ended June. 18, 2021.

Weiser will serve as the Acting State Conservationist for Nebraska NRCS until August 13, 2021. After his term, Nebraska NRCS will have one more acting state conservationist until a permanent state conservationist is hired this fall. 

Weiser said, “I know most of our employees and partners across Nebraska. We have a good team in place to continue our important work of helping producers improve their natural resources. I look forward to ensuring Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers are well served with our programs and technical assistance.” 

Weiser has worked for NRCS for 32 years in three states, including Kansas and Illinois. He joined Nebraska NRCS in 2009. For six years, he managed an area of 32 field offices in central Nebraska. Since 2015 he has served as the State Resource Conservationist, supervising the state Ecological Sciences team.

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