Cosby named Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service


Cosby named Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service

Photo courtesy NRCS

The USDA has announced key leadership in the Natural Resources and Conservation Areas.  Terry Cosby has been named the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Meryl Harrell has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.

Cosby has been with the USDA for 42 years and has served in numerous capacities, most recently the Acting Chief of NRCS and State Conservationist for Ohio.

Harrell has most recently served as the Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards.  But during the Obama-Biden Administration spent eight years in the Office of Natural Resources and Environment at USDA, serving as Chief of Staff and then Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary.

 Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says the USDA is fortunate to have them and they will play an integral role in the USDA’s efforts to provide personnel, science, and technology that will lead to better-informed and more effective land management decisions. 

Both will begin their roles Monday, May 24.