WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 6, 2020 – On Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Matt Lohr announced in an online video that he will be leaving USDA this month in order to return to Virginia and farm full-time.

Calling the moment “bittersweet” in a Facebook post, Lohr stated, “I have been so blessed to lead this agency, and I will cherish the experience forever.”

Lohr’s last day will be Friday, Aug. 14. NRCS Associate Chief Kevin Norton will serve as acting chief of NRCS.

“Matt has committed his entire life to the betterment of agriculture, and we are grateful for his service to USDA,” said U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “The knowledge and experience he brought to the table helped ensure our locally-led, science-based approach continues to offer farmers the conservation solutions needed to enhance their environment and commercial viability.”

NACD has been very fortunate to work with Lohr for the past two years, as he has been instrumental in helping champion the conservation mission while supporting the 3,000 NRCS field offices and their employees across the nation. We wish him and his family the best moving forward.

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By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.