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Letter: Meet the new wildlife biologist

To the editor:

Hi, I'm Luke Thoma, the Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist for Todd County, taking over from Sabin Adams. I am located in the USDA Farm Service Center office in Long Prairie with the NRCS.

Growing up on a hobby farm just west of Little Falls, I enjoyed spending time outdoors and helping my dad out around the farm. I have a passion for conservation and want to see future generations enjoy the same outdoors experiences I was fortunate enough to have while growing up in the area.

I graduated from Little Falls High School, and then I received my associate degree in forestry management from Itasca Community College and finished my bachelor degree in natural resource management at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC).

My position as the Farm Bill Biologist is a joint partnership through Pheasants Forever, USDA-NRCS, and the SWCD. I will be working with landowners to help them get CRP and other conservation programs implemented on their properties to benefit wildlife and habitat at the same time protecting and improving our soil and water resources in the county. I look forward to working in this area and getting to know the farmers and landowners who are stewards of our land resources.

For more information about conservation and habitat opportunities for your farm contact your local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service office at 320-732-6618 ext. 3 or stop into the local Service Center at 607 9th ST NE Long Prairie, MN.

Luke Thoma

National Resources Conservation Service

Long Prairie, MN