USDA’s Sandoval selected as new district conservationist in Dover-Foxcroft
DOVER-FOXCROFT — The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected an experienced soil conservationist who is familiar with agriculture issues in Piscataquis County to serve as the newest district conservationist at its Dover-Foxcroft field office.
Jaime Sandoval Jr., who most recently served as a soil conservationist and acting district conservationist, will lead the USDA’s efforts in carrying out Farm Bill programs such as the Environmental Incentives Program (EQIP) for farmers and woodlot owners in Piscataquis County.
“Jaime is the go-to person for our farmers, landowners and partners in Piscataquis County,” NRCS-Maine State Conservationist Juan Hernandez said. “Those who have worked with him over the past year and a half know that Jaime’s level of commitment to the community is genuine, and his expertise is solid. As we move into this new fiscal year, NRCS professionals like Jaime will be active across the state helping improve and protect Maine’s natural resources.”
Sandoval graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science focusing on wildlife management and agronomy. During and after Iowa State he worked for Iowa USDA-NRCS, focusing on corn-soybean and pasture management, along with habitat development for wildlife species primarily ring-necked pheasant and bob-white quail. He joined NRCS-Maine in November 2015 as a soil conservationist in Penobscot County, and in January 2017 transferred to the Dover-Foxcroft field office.
Sandoval can be reached at the USDA Service Center at 42 Engdahl Drive in Dover-Foxcroft or at 564-2321 extension 3.