The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas welcomes new State Conservationist, Karen A. Woodrich. She will oversee 95local service centers, 4 area offices, 1 Plant Materials Center, and 240employees who work directly with farmers and landowners.
Woodrich brings a background of diverse experience to the Kansas natural resources conservation partnership. Karen began her career with NRCS in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a Soil Conservationist in 1998. She has worked in various technical and managerial positions including Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Iowa; Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Illinois; and Acting State Conservationist in Vermont. Prior to coming to Kansas, she served as State Conservationist in Kentucky since 2011.
In 2014, Karen served as the Interim Central Regional Conservationist in Washington D.C. and in 2017, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Acting Deputy Undersecretary of the newly formed Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area at USDA in Washington D.C.
She serves as the Chair of the NRCS Chief’s Advisory Committee, on the USDA Board of Directors for the National Water Quality (NWQI) and Mississippi River Basin (MRBI) Initiatives, and is engaged with several national conservation partnership committees. Karen has been accepted into the Federal Executive Institute Training program for Senior Government Executives.
“I am honored to be the new State Conservationist in Kansas,” said Woodrich. “I look forward to meeting and working with our customers, partners, and staff in this position to learn about the many great things Kansas is already doing to help conserve natural resources and to continue to move the state forward in agricultural conservation.”
She is a north-central Wisconsin native and was raised on a dairy farm and Christmas tree farm. Woodrich graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s degree in Soil Science. Karen and her husband are looking forward to fishing, raising a few cattle, a few chickens, and tending to vegetable and flower gardens, while exploring the beautiful landscape of Kansas.
Original release August 23, USDA