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Conservation agency gets new leader

White previously held Montana post

WASHINGTON – A veteran agriculture official who led Montana’s conservation service for six years has been named chief of the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Dave White, 56, was Montana state conservationist from 2002 to 2008. He has been acting head of the national agency since January.

“Dave’s expertise and advice will be particularly valuable as we implement the 2008 Farm Bill and work to achieve President Obama’s goal for renewing America and combating global change,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Tom France, regional director in Missoula for the National Wildlife Federation, also praised White’s appointment.

“While he was in Montana he built programs that were good for farmers and ranchers and good for fish and wildlife, too,” France said.

“I think he’ll bring the same qualities as head of the national NRCS.”

NRCS, an arm of the Agriculture Department, is the nation’s leading agency in conserving natural resources on private lands.

White, a Missouri native and University of Missouri graduate, has worked for NRCS for 30 years, serving in Missouri, South Carolina and at agency headquarters in Washington before taking the Montana job in 2002.



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