Last week, USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack named Dave White as chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. White has been with NRCS for 32 years. He has provided technical and management expertise in Missouri, South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Montana, where he served as state conservationist from 2002 to 2008.

For much of 2007 and 2008, he was assigned to work with Sen. Tom Harkin’s Capitol Hill office, where he helped the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry craft the Conservation Title of the 2008 Farm Bill. He also served on the White House Task Force for Livable Communities during the Clinton administration. White was named as interim NRCS chief on Jan. 21.

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