Perdue Names New NRCS Chief

Matt Lohr Appointed by Ag Secretary to Head NRCS

Jerry Hagstrom
By  Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent
New Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service Matt Lohr was raised on a century farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and now owns and operates Valley Pike Farm Inc. with his wife, Beth, and their family. (Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS)

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday announced the appointment of Matt Lohr to serve as chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Leonard Jordan, a career NRCS employee, has been acting chief since the Trump administration came into office.

Lohr, raised on a century farm in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, owns and operates Valley Pike Farm Inc. with his wife, Beth, and their six children.

A Republican, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-2010 where he was a leader on agriculture. He then served as Virginia's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services from 2010 to 2013 as an appointee of Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell.

From 2013 to June 2017 Lohr worked as Knowledge Center director for Farm Credit of the Virginias.

Since June 2017, he has been farming on the family operation, which includes poultry, beef cattle, row crops, and sweet corn, and he has also been working as a motivational speaker.

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Jerry Hagstrom