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News and Reports > USDA-NRCS Announces The Selection of Al Garner as Acting State Conservationist

Al Garner

Jackson, MS, February 15, 2011 — Long-time USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service employee Al Garner was selected to head the federal agency’s Mississippi office this year, serving as Acting State Conservationist.

The Brandon, Mississippi, resident has worked for NRCS since 1980.

Garner will serve as the agency’s top state official for one year while former State Conservationist Homer L. Wilkes serves as Acting Associate Chief of NRCS in Washington, D.C.

Garner began his career as a soil conservationist in Corinth and has served as a district conservationist and resource conservationist in various locations before being tapped to serve as assistant state conservationist in 1998. His responsibilities have included both operations and program management.

Garner, a native of Ripley, Mississippi, was raised on a family farm in north Mississippi. He graduated with a degree in forestry in 1977 from Mississippi State University. He worked with the Mississippi Forestry Commission for two years before joining NRCS.

Garner and his wife, Sharen, have two married children. Sam and his wife, who live in Connecticut, and Amy and her husband, who live in Arkansas. Garner has two grandchildren.

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