Opinion: Follow the Science

As the Trump Administration continues to name new people to its team and farmers continue to await confirmation of a Secretary of USDA, I know it will be a while before a new Chief for the Natural Resources Conservation Service is named and takes office. But I want to get ahead of the game by offering some advice to the incoming Chief now: Follow the science and focus on the greatest impact in furthering the NRCS Mission of “Helping People Help the Land.”

It’s tempting to get drawn to the issue of the day or the priority of the moment or to be swayed by one creative proposal or attractive idea or another. But the key to accomplishing results for the taxpayers who are funding the programs Congress has authorized and the agency is committed to administer is to direct programs and funds to meet the mandates of the agency. That means keeping the soil on the land, improving water and air quality, increasing wildlife habitat and reducing energy use and the carbon footprint. The science tells you how to do that most effectively…

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