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Jackie Byam is Wyoming’s new State Conservationist

Jackie Byam will serve as the Wyoming State Conservationist on Feb. 26.

(Courtesy of the Laramie County Conservation District, Facebook)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has announced Jackie Byam as the Wyoming State Conservationist.

She will begin serving in this position on Feb. 26.

Jackie Byam

Byam follows Astrid Martinez, who served as Wyoming State Conservationist for 10 years. Martinez accepted a new position within NRCS on July 18, 2022.

Upon Astrid’s departure, Andi Neugebauer has acted as Wyoming’s State Conservationist over the past eight months.

Byam has worked with NRCS for 18 years. She has served in several NRCS field offices in Minnesota and in leadership positions with NRCS in Maryland, Illinois, South Dakota and Kansas.

A Minnesota native, Byam grew up on a small family farm where her family raised hogs, corn and soybeans. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Outside of the office, Byam is an active member of Women in NRCS and enjoys traveling. She goes back to Minnesota as often as she can to spend time with her family at their cabin “up North” and at the family farm.

NRCS provides farmers and ranchers with financial and technical assistance to voluntarily put conservation on the ground, helping improve agricultural operations and the environment.

For more information about NRCS and the programs and services it provides, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wyoming.