Ann English is the current NRCS State Conservationist of South Carolina, serving in that capacity since April 26, 2010. She is an Arkansas native, and attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, earning a bachelor’s degree in agronomy.
During her 30-plus years of service with the agency, Ann has held many positions, starting her career as a soil conservation technician in Missouri, where she also held the positions of soil conservationist and district conservationist. She then moved to Arkansas, where she held the position of district conservationist, and later, state agronomist.
She then served as the assistant state conservationist for field operations in Minnesota, where she had administrative responsibilities for 14 field offices and two RC&D councils. Ann later assumed the role of assistant state conservationist for operations, and in this capacity developed innovative policies and procedures that reflected partner input and site-specific resource concerns from 82 local workgroups.
In her current role as state conservationist in South Carolina, her leadership helps ensure the efficiency of 110 employees, 38 field offices, and a total budget of nearly $48 million.
In addition to serving as the permanent state conservationist in South Carolina, Ann also served as NRCS’s regional conservationist for the 14-state Northeast region for eight months in 2015-2016, as well as the state conservationist for Hawaii for four months in 2017.