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NRCS Plant Materials Center Employee Receives Outstanding Recognition

By Quenna Terry, NRCS Public Affairs Specialist

When a person finds pleasure in the job they are doing, it’s not surprising they are recognized for the good work they perform.

Randy Kuehler, USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) biological science technician, at the James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center (PMC) in Knox City received the 2019 National Plant Materials Outstanding Employee award for his continuous commitment to the operation and appearance of the PMC.

The Center is known for providing plant solutions to address various resource concerns throughout north-central Texas and southwestern Oklahoma.

According to Brandon Carr, manager of the PMC where Kuehler works said, “Randy has been working here for nine years, and his leadership in technical studies is invaluable as he makes sure the data is collected accurately and on time. He re-organized our seed inventory following the installation of a new seed cooler to utilize space and improve efficiency. He has performed regular maintenance and repairs to the facilities and equipment in a correct and prompt manner, and he is actively involved in trainings, tours, and meetings conducted at the center.”

With limited field staff, Kuehler completed the production, harvest, and cleaning of 21 active plant releases the PMC is required to maintain since they are listed in the USDA - NRCS seeding table.  Kuehler works closely with Texas Natives, part of South Texas Natives Program through Texas A&M at Kingsville, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to establish new plant evaluations and field plantings.

“Randy has always taken great pride in the job he performs at the PMC.  He is a hard worker and he is willing to go above and beyond to make sure the PMC is successful,” Carr said.

Congratulations to Randy Kuehler for receiving this outstanding award!

NRCS Plant Materials Center Employee Receives Outstanding Recognition, By Quenna Terry, USDA-NRCS public affairs specialist, (2019, Sept)