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NRCS Selects New Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in West Tennessee

Curt McDaniel

For more information contact:
Katherine K. Burse, State Public Affairs Officer
PH: 615-277-2533


NASHVILLE, September 21, 2018 – Curt McDaniel was recently selected as the new Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations—Area Conservationist—in West Tennessee. McDaniel will oversee 21 counties and lead a group of more than 100 direct and in-direct staff in providing the best conservation education, resources, and opportunities for farmers, producers, and land stewards.
“I am excited about the opportunity to once again serve the farmers, producers, and landowners of West Tennessee,” said McDaniel. “My goal is to ensure USDA-NRCS continues to offer the best opportunities available for customer service, technical knowledge, and Farm Bill programs so our customers, staff, and land have all possible means to be successful and productive.”
Before arriving back to Tennessee, McDaniel served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Programs (ASTC-P) in Columbia, Missouri. His duties included administering NRCS financial assistance programs in an efficient and effective manner across the state of Missouri. 
During his time as ASTC-P, financial assistance opportunities for Missouri farmers, ranchers and land stewards grew significantly, highlighted by an increase of Environmental Quality Incentives Programs (EQIP) funding from $19 million in 2014 to over $40 million in 2018. As EQIP funds were increasing, McDaniel focused on program improvement strategies that reduced administrative burdens for field staff by increasing implementation rates and reducing delays caused by
Born and raised on a farm in Rutherford, Gibson County, Tennessee, McDaniel attended nearby University of Tennessee, Martin where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science. He furthered his education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Plant and Soil Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
McDaniel currently resides in Rutherford. His mother, Debbie; brother, Brian; sister-in-law, Terri; niece, Kenlee; nephew, Kade; and twin nephews, Maddox and Myles, still reside on the family farm in Rutherford, where they manage and operate a row crop and cattle operation. McDaniel’s other interests include weekends at the lake, hunting, Tennessee football, and St. Louis Cardinals baseball games.
Click here to read McDaniel’s full bio. For more information about NRCS in Tennessee, visit the website at
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