Vermont NRCS Employee and Volunteer Success Stories
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Vermont's Earth Team Volunteers
Earth Team Volunteer to VT NRCS Employee....The Earth Team program is often an introduction of the agency to some of the nation’s best and brightest citizens who want to help improve the environment. Many NRCS employees start out as volunteers with the Earth Team. This benefits the agency by gaining new employees who already have some training under their belt. Recent volunteer, Timothy McCoy, was hired as a Soil Conservation Technician in February of 2014.
Why I Joined NRCS’ Earth Team and What I Got Out of It, by Jesse Baum, University of Vermont, Burlington
"I wanted to be the “cheerleader” (as my supervisor, NRCS Public Information Coordinator Amy Overstreet, described it) for progressive environmental action. I wanted to be able to write and work on design that might help protect and improve Vermont’s landscape. If part of the problem was the feeling that environmentalism has to be negative, that working towards sustainability is too arduous or simply unattainable, I wanted to help change that." Read more...
ECO AmeriCorps Vermont and NRCS
Walking a Mile in Their Boots....My Year with ECO AmeriCorps Vermont, by Julianne Lovergine
My year of service with USDA-NRCS through Vermont’s ECOAmeriCorps program flew by! In some ways, it feels like yesterday that I was meeting with my supervisor NRCS Soil Conservationist Danny Peet who asked if I had any agricultural background or was afraid of squirrels (apparently a previous volunteer had been terrified of wildlife). And in other ways, I look back and it seems that it’s been even longer, recalling the ever-expanding list of new things learned. Read more about Julianne's service during 2015-2016.
Vermont USDA Employees Honored for their Work
Bob Thompson of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Cheryl Ducharme of Rural Development (RD) were honored at the Federal Executive Association annual awards celebration by receiving the 2011 Support of Agriculture Award. The two were nominated for their efforts to partner across agency lines to improve communication and coordination for the installation of methane digesters.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits Vermont.
On Saturday February 13, 2010, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visited the state of Vermont. Accompanied by Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Patrick Leahy, and Representative Peter Welch, Secretary Vilsack addressed a dairy town meeting in Burlington, the Northeast Organic Farming Association annual meeting at the University of Vermont, and the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery annual meeting in St Albans.
A Walk on the Wild Side
With Wildlife Habitat Improvement funds and a lot of ambition NRCS Conservation Technician Sally Eugair set out to prove that enthusiasm can be contagious.
Vermont Water Quality Project Restores Riverbanks
It was a hard sell, but four farmers and other farmland owners are participating in a project that is the first of its kind in the state.