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NRCS State Agronomist Receives National Honors

By Quenna Terry, Public Affairs Specialist, Lubbock

Fred Schrank, NRCS state agronomist for Texas, was recognized at the Farm Production and Conservation Under Secretary awards ceremony and reception in Washington D.C. in September for his work as a member of a (L) Fred Schrank, state agronomist in Texas pictured with Under Secretary Bill Northey at FPAC eventnational Highly Erodible Land Conservation Team.

Schrank was designated by the Texas state conservationist and national leadership as a person that could provide insights on the introduction and national release of a Highly Erodilbe Land tool.  Schrank and the team developed the National HEL Tool that has been released for use nationwide.  Schrank said the tool is already proving success with increases in field office state efficiency and other time savings.

As part of the NRCS of the Future effort, Schrank and other members of his team were asked to examine products developed by states, listing differences between each state’s product, and determining what products they liked the best in each state. The NRCS of the Future Team effort fine tunes tools already being used in the field and sharing them with other states so everyone gains efficiency and uses the same technology.

Congratulations to Fred Schrank for a job well done!

FPAC Under Secretary Awards Ceremony and Reception (PDF;1.68 MB)

NRCS State Agronomist Receives National Honors, By Quenna Terry, USDA-NRCS public affairs specialist, (2019, Oct)