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Chad Reed Selected as NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for High Plains Region of Texas

Quenna Terry
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Temple, Texas, December 18, 2020 —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Texas State Conservationist Kristy Oates has announced her selection of Chad Reed as the Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations for the agency’s Zone 1, headquartered in Lubbock, Texas.

In this position, Reed will oversee 50 NRCS Field Service Centers across the High Plains, more than 125 employees, and a total annual budget of approximately $55 million in federal conservation aid to Texas farmers and producers in the South Plains and Panhandle regions.  

“We are pleased to have Chad Reed representing our agency in one of the largest agriculture production areas in the United States,” said Oates. “His leadership and knowledge of resources will be essential for our continued success working with producers in this key area.”

Reed will begin his new position on January 3, 2021 and will replace Darren Richardson, who retired in November 2020. Prior to this position, Reed has served as the Texas NRCS Zone 1 Program Liaison and Technology Transfer specialist in Lubbock for the past 10 years. Before that he worked for NRCS as a District Conservationist and then Resource Team Leader in the Lamesa USDA Field office from 2003 to 2010. He began his career in conservation with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), NRCS’ partner at the state level, where he started as an Engineering Technician in their Wharton office in 1994 before transferring to Hale Center in 2000 as a Natural Resources Specialist and finally Regional Manager for TSSWCB there.

Reed, a native of Plainview, Texas, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Range and Wildlife Management 1990 from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.