Salina, Kan. - Eric B. Banks has been selected as the new State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas.
He will begin his assignment June 9, 2008. His office is located in Salina, Kansas, and he can be reached at (785) 823-4565.
Banks, before accepting the position in Salina, served as the NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Financial Assistance Programs in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is responsible for the management of all Farm Bill programs.
Banks brings a background of diverse experience to the Kansas natural resources conservation partnership. His experience in a variety of NRCS managerial and technical positions includes Acting National Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) Manager in Washington, D.C.; area conservationist in northeast Missouri; and resource conservationist and district conservationist in Indiana.
He also held positions in South Carolina and Nebraska. He began his career with the agency as a student trainee in Wilber, Nebraska.
Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Banks graduated from Alcorn State University with a degree in Agriculture Economics.
NRCS's locally-based staff works directly with farmers, ranchers, and others, to provide technical and financial conservation assistance.
NRCS helps landowners develop conservation plans and provides advice on the design, layout, construction, management, operation, maintenance, and evaluation of the recommended, voluntary conservation practices.
NRCS activities include farmland protection, upstream flood prevention, emergency watershed protection, urban conservation, and local community projects designed to improve social, economic, and environmental conditions.
NRCS conducts soil surveys, conservation needs assessments, and the National Resources Inventory to provide a basis for resource conservation planning activities and to provide an accurate assessment of the condition of the Nation’s private lands.
NRCS develops technical guides and other Web-based tools to help enhance natural resource conservation efforts.