SIDNEY — If you’ve visited the local USDA office, you may have noticed a new face in town.
In August 2015, Erika Kemper reported as the new district conservationist in Shelby and Miami Counties for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); an agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Kemper is a West Virginia native, having spent much of her childhood working on her grandfather’s small farm learning how essential agriculture is to everyone’s daily lives. From there, she pursued an education in agriculture and obtained a Bachelor of Science from West Virginia University, graduating in the fall of 2006.
While attending college, she spent her summers as an intern with NRCS to broaden her knowledge of conservation and agriculture. After college, Kemper began her full time career with NRCS as a grazing specialist. She has since served such capacities as a soil conservationist in northeast Ohio, a contract specialist in southeast Ohio and a resource conservationist in Auglaize County, Ohio.
She brings to Shelby and Miami County a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience from across the state.
In her spare time, Kemper enjoys gardening and many other outdoor activities. She enjoys working with farmers to provide technical and conservation planning assistance to address concerns on their operations and is excited about what she can do to assist Shelby County.