VISALIA, Calif. — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lurana Strong as the new District Conservationist at the NRCS field office in Visalia, California.
Strong is a native Californian who grew up in the City of Lemon Grove in San Diego County. She attended San Diego State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition Sciences. She then worked at Dixieline Lumber as a manager while earning a second degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Plant Science.
“I discovered my passion for agriculture while studying it in a few classes at San Diego State,” said Strong. “It was one of my professors at Cal Poly Pomona that introduced me to the NRCS, where I started working as an intern at the Visalia Field Office in March of 2010. The NRCS fell right in line with the things I was interested in: agriculture, environment, and helping people. I have been working at this office for the duration of my career with the NRCS.”
Strong previously served as a soil conservationist at the Visalia office. She was also a key participant in establishing one of the first public community gardens in the county with the Tulare County Resource Conservation District.
“My growth has been tremendous at this office,” Strong said. “Tulare county is in the top three agricultural commodity producing counties in the nation. I have had the pleasure of helping producers with fruit and nut crops, vineyards, dairy, organic operations, rangeland, pastureland and, just recently, forestry projects.”
Popular conservation practices in Tulare County include installation of waste storage facilities, irrigation pipelines, livestock pipelines, watering facilities, and structures for water control; irrigation water management; brush management; fencing; cover crops; dust control on unpaved roads; and nutrient management.
“I hope to continue the great working relationship we have with our farmers and expand outreach to more of our underserved farmers, such as the strawberry growers and Asian farmers,” Strong said. “I also look forward to establishing a connection with new partners in our county.”
NRCS is a federal agency that works in partnership with resource conservation districts. With the mission of “Helping People Help the Land,” NRCS provides products and services that enable people to be good stewards of the nation’s soil, water, and related natural resources on non-federal lands.
More information on NRCS’ products and services can be found on the NRCS California web site at www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov.
–USDA NRCS California
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