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A New Face for Conservation in New Hampshire – New State Conservationist Selected

Jeremy J. Fowler, Public Affairs Specialist, NRCS - N.H.

Becky Ross poses for a photo.DOVER, New Hampshire, July 7, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the State of New Hampshire now has a new face to welcome in its conservation mission.

            The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) formally announced on June 24, 2020 that Becky Ross will take charge of that agency’s mission in the state effective July 20, 2020 as the State Conservationist (STC).

          The position has been filled by Matt Brown, the State Conservation Engineer as an acting STC since the retirement of Rick Ellsmore on March 29, 2020.  

            Ellsmore, who held that title more than 10 years, became part of the conservation vernacular in the state and he anticipated an exceptional selection to replace him.  Ross will fill that role and in doing so ensure that the state’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners get the support they need to carry on the great conservation efforts that have kept New Hampshire so beautiful.

            Ross, who grew up on a small farm in north-central Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.  She has over 26 years of service with the agency and experience across six states including Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and is currently is serving as the Assistant State Conservationist for Farm Bill Programs at NRCS in Colorado. She has recently also served as the temporary STC in both Utah and Wyoming.

            “I love our agency and the work we do, and I am excited to learn about conservation in New Hampshire,” said Ross in an email address to her new staff here.  “I have been fortunate to be able to work in six different states and see the resource challenges and successes … But the one thing I have learned is that wherever I am, NRCS employees are alike.  They care about their customers, the land and each other.”  

            The USDA’s NRCS supports vital conservation efforts across America’s working lands. NRCS helps American farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners make conservation work for them. They promote practices that help improve production, reduce input costs, and conserve natural resources for the future.

            The NRCS provides conservation assistance through a nationwide network of conservation districts and local offices and helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices.

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