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.
My name is Whitney Huesers, and I am the Farm Bill Specialist Supervisor based in McHenry County. I was hired by the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts in February 2017 as the Farm Bill Specialist for the South Eastern part of North Dakota and transferred up to the Towner office in mid-May 2017. In March 2018 I moved into the role of Farm Bill Specialist Supervisor.
I grew up in Max, North Dakota and was raised on a small grains farm where my parents grow canola, wheat, peas and soybeans. I graduated from Max Public School and then attended North Dakota State University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology: Fisheries & Wildlife in May 2016. During college I participated in the National Student Exchange Program and spent my Junior year at Montana State University in Bozeman. I loved being able to live next to the mountains and enjoyed all the beautiful scenery and outdoor activities Bozeman had to offer. I have previously worked as a seasonal for the Army Corps of Engineers in Riverdale, North Dakota where I conducted monitoring activities for Piping Plovers and Least Terns. I love spending time in the outdoors hunting, hiking, helping on the farm, riding horse, and spending time with my family and dog.
So far, the best part of my job as a Farm Bill Specialist is getting to meet all the farmers and ranchers. I have learned so much from talking with them and looking at the conservation practices they implement in their farming and cattle operations. Working for the Association has also given me the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best conservationists in North Dakota.
My name is Michael Bichler, and I am from Ashley, North Dakota. I graduated from Ashley High School in 2011. I then attended Valley City State University for Fisheries and Wildlife Science and Biology. While at VCSU, I was a member of the Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Club (now VCSU Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society). I also did intermural sports like football and basketball. In December 2015, I graduated from VCSU and moved back to Ashley, ND with my wife, who is an English teacher and coaches basketball at Ashley Public School.
I started working at Northern Plains in Ashley where I received experience working with farmers. At Northern Plains I worked mainly with the agronomy side and did most of the fertilizer and helped our applicator with spraying. In April of 2017 I took the position as Farm Bill Conservation Specialist. I cover Emmons, Kidder, Logan, and McIntosh counties. My main focus will be on conservation programs through the Farm Bill, but I will also help out with other programs as needed in the counties. Along with being a Farm Bill Specialist, I also spray the road ditches for McIntosh County along with some custom jobs through the county.
In my free time I like to do many outdoor activities such as going hunting, fishing, camping, or hiking. I hunt deer and pheasant but am starting to get more into duck hunting with floating decoys. My wife and I also do photography together and even started a little hobby business called Bar Arrow Photography from it. I love being outdoors any chance I can get and am happy to be in a position that allows me promotes conservation. I am excited to be back in my hometown of Ashley and to help the people in my area and the surrounding counties! Serving Emmons, Kidder, Logan, and McIntosh counties 701-709-0621.
I’m Sarah Hamilton, a Farm Bill Specialist with the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts (NDASCD) in Burleigh, Morton, Oliver, and Sheridan Counties. I obtained my Master of Science in Renewable Natural Resources from Louisiana State University and Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Science from Auburn University. My graduate research focused on evaluating the effects of hydrologic, geomorphic, and vegetative conditions on avian communities along the Middle Rio Grande of New Mexico. Throughout my Master’s research, I worked closely with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to determine minimum river flows needed to support various vegetative and avian communities.
My education and work experience in wildlife ecology and private lands biology has a strong research and management component. I have worked with the National Park Service conducting sea turtle research on the coast of Georgia and implementing ecological restoration on the Arizona-Mexican Border. As a research assistant at Auburn University, I conducted research on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and assisted with forested wetland research. I’ve also gained experience outside of the U.S. studying Tropical Biology in Costa Rica and participating in restoration of tropical forests in the Amazon Basin of Ecuador.
During my employment with NDASCD, I have helped landowners implement conservation practices on their land and enroll in voluntary conservation programs. I have also utilized my bird identification skills to conduct Pheasant Crowing Counts and Pheasant Brood Counts for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. As I continue my work as a Farm Bill Specialist, I look forward to providing technical and programmatic assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them achieve their land management goals. Serving Burleigh, Morton, Oliver, and Sheridan Counties 701-805-1381.
Farm Bill Specialist
My name is Amy Gnoinsky and I am the Farm Bill Specialist for Dickey, Ransom, Richland, and Sargent counties. I am originally from Fargo, ND but grew up and graduated high school in Detroit Lakes, MN. Growing up in Lakes Country fostered my love of the outdoors and developed my interest in how people use natural resources in everyday life. Subsequently, the last two summers of my high school career I was a Youth Conservation Corps member for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As part of a team we conducted wildlife surveys, maintained trails and refuge boundaries, planted native vegetation, and banded geese, birds, and ducks. Not only did this job further cement my future career choice, but from then on I became interested in how people can use natural resources in a way that will last for future generations.
After high school, I moved back to Fargo to pursue a post-secondary education at North Dakota State University (NDSU). In between classes I worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service as a sunflower field research assistant. From this experience I gained a perspective on agricultural field practices and an insight on plant genetics and breeding. In my past time, I volunteered at a horse boarding stable and became involved in horsemanship. From this involvement I became aware of what it takes to maintain pastureland and rangeland.
In May 2015, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management and Zoology but decided to enter into graduate school, also at NDSU. After conducting research on Municipal Water Use and Dust Impacts on Soybeans, I received my Master of Science in Natural Resources Management in May 2017, and became employed with NDASCD. As I move forward in this position I am excited to promote conservation and assist farmers and ranchers in implementing such practices. Serving Dickey, Ransom, Richland, and Sargent counties 701-429-3611.
Hello, I’m Nick Goodman and I’m the Farm Bill Specialist based in Park River. I am serving Walsh, Pembina, and Cavalier counties. I was hired as a farm bill specialist by the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts in September 2017.
I was born and raised in Central-Eastern Ohio on a 100 acre tree farm. I spent the last five years living in West Virginia, but I have also lived in California, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, and Virginia. I have traveled to many places doing temporary jobs for the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other agencies.
I have a Master’s of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University where I researched stiff-tailed ducks in Puerto Rico. I earned my Bachelors of Science degree at West Virginia University where I had an undergraduate research project comparing the composition and abundance of waterbird, macroinvertebrate, and vegetation communities in a newly created wetland to an established wetland. I also have an Associate of Science degree from Hocking College. I enjoy birding, hunting, running, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and traveling. I am very passionate about wildlife and I look forward to working with farmers and ranchers to establish habitat that is beneficial to people and wildlife. Serving Cavalier, Pembina, and Walsh Counties
Farm Bill Specialist
Hello, my name is Cody Hoggarth and I am the Farm Bill Specialist who services Stutsman, LaMoure, and Barnes Counties. Farm Bill Specialists work within NRCS field offices around the State, assisting local staff work with voluntary producers in developing plans that promote conservation programs on the land. The main program that our positions assist with is the Conservation Reserve Program, CRP. Specialists work with producers by determining what lands are eligible for certain practices, developing conservation plans for those areas, and answer any questions related to the program in regards to management or conservation. These are very rewarding positions, which expand skills and develop new ones.
I am originally from Fargo, but grew up and spent most of my childhood in Jamestown. I graduated from Jamestown High School in the spring of 2010, and that same summer I moved to Valley City to attend Valley City State University, in hopes of getting a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. After 4 years of hard work, I was able to graduate with a degree in what I set out to do in the spring 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 that are 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 greatly enjoy what I do and am happy to have this opportunity.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending my free time fishing and hunting, kayaking, training my dog, and visiting my family’s lake cabin to enjoy nature and spend time with family. Serving Stutsman, Barnes and LaMoure counties 701-840-0454
Nelson, Ramsey & Towner counties
My name is Zach Anderson, I am the Farm Bill Specialist based in Lakota, ND. I grew up in Fosston, MN and graduated from Fosston High School in 2013. My free time is normally spent outside chasing walleyes and waterfowl. I was lucky enough to grow up close to two of the best walleye factories in the world (Red Lake and Lake of the Woods) and look forward to fishing Devils Lake.
In May 2017 I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology emphasizing in Fisheries and Wildlife with a minor in Natural Resources Management from North Dakota State University. During my senior year I was awarded the Frank Cassel Undergraduate Research Award working as an undergraduate research assistant for Dr. Craig Stockwell, examining anti-predator behavior of endanger Pahrump Poolfish, native to Nevada.
I started working for the NDASDC in late July 2017, and look forward to working with area producers providing assistance with Federal, State, and Local conservation programs. Serving nelson, Ramsey, and Towner counties 218-289-5653.
Hello my name is Kayla Feiring, I am the Farm Bill Specialist in Carrington ND serving the counties of Foster, Eddy, Griggs and Wells. I started at the end of March 2018, and I am looking forward to working with all the local farmers, ranchers, and land owners.
I grew up on a cow/calf operation near McHenry, ND. I graduated from Griggs County Central in 2013, and went on to attend North Dakota State University. There I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Range Science, along with two minors Animal and Soil Science in the spring of 2017.
This past fall I went abroad on a cultural exchange program: International Farm Youth Exchange Program or IFYE. I spent three month in Switzerland with five different host families. It was a wonderful experience! I loved spending time with my host families, learning about their culture and their Agriculture practices.
I love helping my folks on the ranch, checking calves in the spring, riding horse, and identifying native range plants, hence the photo with some Side-oats grama. During my free time you’ll either find me with my nose in a book, or me drawing or painting something.
Serving Foster, Eddy, Griggs and Wells 701-789-7069
Hello, my name is Natalie Euler, I am the Farm Bill Specialist in Hettinger, ND. I started in April 2018, and I’m excited to work with farmers and ranchers.
I grew up in Bloomington, IN, but now live in Bison, SD. I graduated from Purdue University in May 2016. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Wildlife Sciences. While in school I had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy, Ireland and Scandinavia studying international agriculture and natural resource practices. I was an active member in Purdue Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society and Ducks Unlimited. I also performed ungraduated research, studying how different weather conditions affected American River Otter activity on Indiana waterways.
From May 2016 to March 2018, I worked as the South Dakota Northwest Area Natural Resource Specialist. There I helped farmers and ranchers plant windbreak/shelterbelt to protect livestock and other ecological benefits.
I love spending time with my family and friends, reading and sewing. In my free time you can usually find me outdoors camping, hiking, running my dogs and doing photography.
Serving Adams, Bowman/Slope, and Carson Counties 701-567-2472.