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Program & Staff Specialists

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the lead federal conservation agency, working one-on-one with farmers and landowners on private lands. NRCS, formerly called the Soil Conservation Service, has been helping people make sound choices for healthy land and water for over 60 years. NRCS staff specialists offer professional expertise in many fields, including soils, agronomy, engineering, forestry, wildlife habitat plantings, wetlands, geographic information systems, land use planning, grazing, conservation planning, and other technical disciplines. NRCS also offers landowners the opportunity to participate in many federal conservation and agricultural programs. For information on NRCS programs or technical information, please contact the following:


State Staff



Eric Allness, Acting State Conservationist

(608) 662-4422  x246

Administration and Personnel

Phil Rivara, Asst. State Conservationist-Management Strategy

(608) 662-4422, x255

Media and Public Affairs

John White, Acting State Public Affairs Specialist

(608) 662-4422, x214

Easement Programs

Greg Kidd, Asst. State Conservationist-Easements

(608) 662-4422, x252

Financial Assistance

Melissa Bartz, Asst. State Conservationist-Programs

(608) 662-4422, x232


Jennifer Smith, State Soil Scientist

(608) 662-4422, x202


Eric Hurley, State Resource Conservationist

(608) 662-4422, x258


Steve Becker, State Conservation Engineer

(608) 662-4422, x234