Each year, National Pastureland Conservation Award recognizes a Natural Resources Conservation Service employee who has exemplified outstanding service to the agency, clients, and the science of grazing land management. This award is presented to the selected employee at the American Forage and Grassland Council annual meeting.
This yearâs winner is Jeremy Huff who has, both at the field office level and as the state grazing lands specialist, done many technical documents and support guidance (about 60) to provide producers and NRCS field staff with the information they needed to put conservation on the land. These included specification sheets, job sheets, and operation and maintenance sheets on the details of fence, brush management, herbaceous weed control, forage harvest management, nutrient management on pastures, and prescribed grazing. The prescribed grazing was done by Livestock Type. He also translated several documents to Spanish to reach the Hispanic producers in their state.
He trained NRCS, conservation district staff, and producers on several courses, such as Pastureland Ecology I and II, Conservation Planning, Native Warm Season Grasses, Livestock Watering, and Partnership Building. He also used the latest demonstration technology, such as the rainfall simulator, to demonstrate the effects of pasture management.
Jeremy has led drought initiatives, been named with others in the Secretary of Agricultureâs Honor Awards and selected to be in the stateâs Leadership Development Program. He averages 12 to 16 presentations per year at NRCS partner conferences and meetings across the state.