The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Wisconsin welcomes new State Conservationist, Angela Biggs. Angela will oversee 55 local NRCS Service Centers across the state and over 200 employees, who work with local farmers and landowners directly in those USDA Service Centers.
Angela spent many summers on her grandparent’s small dairy farm in Northeast Iowa. She also has a background in biology and sustainable horticulture. Angela began her career with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Division of Soil Conservation as an Environmental Specialist focusing on water quality. In 2002, she joined the NRCS in Iowa as a Soil Conservationist and worked in multiple NRCS offices in Iowa before becoming a District Conservationist. Angela has also worked for NRCS in Vermont, Hawaii, the Pacific Islands and Washington, D.C. She most recently worked in the Midwest (Illinois) for seven years as an Assistant State Conservationist. She is happy to assume her new role as Wisconsin’s State Conservationist and looks forward to meeting and building relationships with local landowners, farmers, partners, and more.
“I am honored to be the new State Conservationist in Wisconsin. I look forward to meeting and working with producers, partners and staff in this position to further learn about the many great things Wisconsin is already doing to help conserve natural resources and to continue to move the state forward in agricultural conservation,” explained Biggs. “NRCS is here to help Wisconsin landowners and farmers in making sound choices to ensure healthy land and water.”
Angela replaces Jimmy Bramblett, who is currently NRCS Deputy Chief for Programs in Washington, D.C. Biggs is the tenth State Conservationist to serve Wisconsin since the agency began in 1935.
“I am pleased to welcome Angela to this important position within NRCS. Angela will bring fresh ideas and her experience working in State Government to a very successful existing conservation partnership in Wisconsin. NRCS is proud to name Angela as the next State Conservationist in Wisconsin,” said Kevin Wickey, NRCS Central Regional Conservationist.