Iowa NRCS Names New State Resource Conservationist

John Myers replaces Jim Ayen who retired recently after more than 30 years of service to agriculture.

John Myers, former State Resource Conservationist in Virginia, joined the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Iowa on Feb. 19 as the agency's new State Resource Conservationist. Myers replaces Jim Ayen, who retired in November 2007 after more than 30 years of federal service.

In his new position, Myers will supervise and coordinate ecological sciences staff as they develop and maintain conservation planning technical standards. He will also oversee the agency's technical developments involving highly-erodible land and wetland compliance. The ecological sciences staff includes the following disciplines: agronomy, forestry, biology and water quality.

Myers' NRCS experience includes overseeing Virginia's easement and other conservation programs, such as the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program and Conservation Reserve Program and serving environmental specialist on the watershed planning team in Virginia.

Myers has Iowa roots; he was born in central Iowa. His mother still resides in central Iowa and his brother lives in Carroll County. "I wanted to get back to the

country," says Myers. "Things are getting crowded out East. I'm happy to be in Iowa; I look forward to new experiences here." Myers is married with three grown children.

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