The North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, Wildlife groups, and Agricultural entities have joined together in a one of a kind partnership to fund Farm Bill Specialists located in USDA service centers across the state. Farm Bill Specialists are employed by the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts (NDASCD) with funding coming from a diverse partnership of wildlife and agricultural groups. The responsibilities of a Farm Bill Specialist are to assist the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in providing voluntary conservation programs to producers across North Dakota.
The partnership consists of the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts (NDASCD), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, North Dakota Natural Resources Trust, North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Grain Growers, US Durum Growers, Northern Canola Growers and the North Dakota Soybean Council and the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council.
Farm Bill Specialists are available to assist producers with technical assistance and conservation programs available through the federal farm bill, state, and local programs. With an array of programs and options available, specialists are a “one-stop shop” for producers to receive help and guidance. A specialist can sit down with a producer to review options and help them meet their goals for their operation. Contact a Farm Bill Specialist of the NDASCD (701-223-8518) for more information.
Farm Bill Specialist Write up
Hello, my name is Cody Hoggarth and I am the new Farm Bill Specialist Supervisor for the NDASCD Farm Bill Specialists in the state. Our positions work within NRCS field offices around the State, assisting local staff to work with voluntary producers in developing plans that promote conservation on the land. We work with and have knowledge in a variety of USDA Farm Bill programs, assisting landowners and producers interested in increasing conservation benefits on their lands. These are very rewarding positions, which expand upon old skills, and develop new ones, as well as providing opportunities to develop personal relationships with the people we help.
I am originally from Fargo but grew up and spent most of my childhood in and around the Jamestown area. I was very active in the outdoors growing up, whether that was fishing, helping on the grandparent’s farm during harvest, or just being outside in general. I graduated from Jamestown High School in the spring of 2010, and that summer I moved to Valley City to attend Valley City State University, where I received my degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences in May of 2014.
In early 2015, I accepted a seasonal position working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based out of the Wetland Management District north of Valley City. The almost full year I spent there was very fulfilling. Most of what I did was vegetation mapping, but I learned a great deal about diversity of plant species, management practices to use on rangelands, and how to use certain instruments beneficial to conservation careers. I will always be grateful to them for the invaluable skills and information I received while working for the USFWS. After my term ended, I applied and accepted a position with the NDASCD to become a Farm Bill Specialist. I have been in this position since November of 2015 and am very appreciative to have the opportunity to now lead and promote our great Farm Bill Specialists around the state. Along with my supervisor duties, I will continue to provide service to my producers and landowners in Stutsman, Barnes, LaMoure, and Dickey Counties.
My name is Zach Compson and I am the Farm Bill Specialist located in Mandan ND. I am serving Morton, Burleigh, and Kidder counties. I was hired by the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts in August 2018.
I grew up in Jamestown, ND and graduated high school in 2011. After high school I continued my education at Valley City State University, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences and Biology and graduated in December 2015.
I started my career in natural resources in 2010 working for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Services as a Youth Conservation Corps member. I continued working for the USFWS for three more summers as a biological science aid at Arrowood NWR and J. Clark Salyer NWR. Then went to work for the ND Game and Fish Department for two summers in Jamestown, ND. Once I graduated college I moved to Devils Lake, ND and worked for the NDGF for two years as a temporary wildlife technician. After my two years in Devils Lake I moved to South Dakota where I was hired on as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist with Pheasants Forever, before coming back to North Dakota to work for the NDASCD.
I’m an avid outdoorsman and spend my free time hunting and fishing. I look forward to continuing my career with NDASCD as the Farm Bill Specialist and working with landowners and producers by promoting conservation practices.
My name is Ally Scheidegger and I am the Farm Bill Specialist for McLean, Sheridan and Oliver counties. I started the Farm Bill Specialist position in June 2019. I am excited for this opportunity to work with producers in our great state of North Dakota and promote conservation methods.
I was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. I graduated in Spring 2019 from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Range Science with a minor in Crop and Weed Science. Despite growing up in the middle of the largest city in North Dakota, I managed to find a love for the outdoors and our natural resources. My interest in conservation and natural resources started with my love for horses. I have had horses since I was 10 years old. As time went on, I became interested in improving pastures and forage options for my horses. Which is where my passion started for promoting and conserving our natural resources.
During my time at NDSU, I assisted on research efforts for the Range Science Department. In this position, I helped graduate students collect data and perform duties related to their research on leafy spurge management, grazing systems, prescribed burning, and western snowberry management.
When I am not at work you can find me spending time with my two French Bulldogs or at the barn with my horses.
Serving McLean, Sheridan and Oliver counties 701-793-4563