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NRCS Engineer Receives Young Agricultural Engineer of the Year

By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist

Texas NRCS Field Engineer Reed Poling was recognized as the 2021 Brock Faulkner Young Man standing in front of a wallAgricultural Engineer of the Year by the Texas Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). Poling accepted this special award remotely during the Texas Section ASABE meeting on October 28 in College Station.

NRCS State Engineer Brian Wenberg said, “This award recognizes a Texas Section ASABE engineer who has demonstrated outstanding professional practice and service early in their career. Recipients must show exceptional professional achievement and be under the age of 35.

“Poling met the criteria exhibiting exceptional achievement in agricultural and biological engineering with superior service to the profession and serving as an active member of the Texas Section of ASABE.”

Poling currently works for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Lubbock Service Center where he provides conservation engineering assistance to 18 NRCS field offices in the Texas Panhandle.

NRCS Lubbock Zone Engineer Greg Sokora said, “This region of the state historically has one of the largest engineering workloads, and Reed has shown incredible initiative and technical ability in the short five years he has worked in Lubbock.”

In 2020, Reed earned his Professional Engineer license from the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.  His areas of expertise include irrigation system design, livestock water development, animal waste management, pond design, terrace design and construction inspection.  

Additionally, he is known for his exceptional training ability to help his colleagues and other employees one-on-one, and in large formal technical training sessions serving on the Zone 1 engineering team.

Poling’s active role serving in the ASABE Texas Section has included vice-chair for membership and engineering registration in 2019; awards committee chair in 2020; vice chair for continuing education; and in 2022, he will serve as chair-elect.

Poling is originally from Dunkirk, Ohio, where he grew up on his family’s corn and soybean farm and attended Ohio State University earning his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the hard work over my career by other professionals in my field,” Poling said. “To be recognized like this confirms I made the correct career choice doing something I enjoy and that I can keep excelling in the engineering profession.”