Jason Weller has been named Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Weller has been acting associate chief since his predecessor Dave White stepped down. Previously he had served as White's chief of staff.
Ann Mills, NRCS acting under secretary, said as acting chief Weller has "moved swiftly to transform NRCS’s Administrative Functions; support the expansion of innovative programs and initiatives including landscape conservation initiatives, regulatory certainty, soil health and market-based programs; and raise the external profile of the world’s premier private land conservation agency."
Previously he served as a staff member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture where he provided oversight and crafted bills to fund NRCS programs. He served on the House Budget Committee staff where he helped construct NRCS’s budget. And he worked at the Office of Management and Budget where he was NRCS’s budget examiner. "All of these skills and experiences are serving the agency well today," Mills said.
The National Assn. of Conservation Districts (NACD) welcomed the permanency and stability Weller's appointment brings.
"NACD has worked closely with Jason over the years, and especially during his recent term as acting chief. We appreciate his support and understanding of the locally-led conservation process and the critical role of conservation districts within that process, as well as his thoughtful navigation of the current national budgetary climate, and strong, working knowledge of Washington, D.C.," NACD president Earl Garber said. "We are fully confident in his ability to step up to the plate and continue NRCS' successful efforts in supporting the conservation of our nation's natural resources for the future."