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Wisconsin Welcomes Bramblett, NRSC State Conservationist

Jimmy Bramblett is Wisconsin’s new Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist. He replaces Patricia Leavenworth, who retired in 2012 this year after 18 years of service as state conservationist.

Bramblett will oversee the agency's 250 employees in 55 offices throughout Wisconsin. They provide technical and program assistance to thousands of farmers and landowners on voluntary projects to conserve and protect natural resources. Included is the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, a federal farm and ranch lands easement program.

He is responsible for the agency’s $75 million budget in Wisconsin, including $50 million in federal conservation assistance to the state’s farmers and producers.  

Bramblett was on hand in Waupaca this past June as the Brooks Farm was feted by the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association Conservation Farmer of the Year. The farm includes 1,200 acres under permanent easement through Wisconsin’s Purchase of Agricultural Easements Program. Bramblett saluted the Brooks family and noted that NRCS is working with 5,100 farmers across the state on various land and water conservation efforts.

Prior to arriving in Wisconsin, Bramblett served as national chief of staff to the regional conservationists in Washington, D.C., and worked with the agency in numerous posts in Georgia.