Jimmy Bramblett was selected to serve as State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin beginning in January, 2013.
Previously, he served as Chief of Staff for Regional Conservationists at NRCS National Headquarters in Washington, DC. He was responsible for operational support for all aspects of NRCS state, area, and field offices, including programs, technology, accountability, and administration. Jimmy has also held the post of Acting Mississippi River Basin Coordinator at National Headquarters.
Prior to arriving at the National Office, Jimmy served in multiple positions with NRCS-Georgia including Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources, Water Resources Planning Team Leader, Water Quality Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Economist, and Cartographic Technician. This varied background has allowed him to gain experience in many facets of NRCS including the development and implementation of Agreements, Ecological Sciences Standards and Specifications, Engineering Policy and Projects, Farm Bill Programs, Federal Contracts, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, National Resources Inventory, Operations Management, Soil Sciences, and Water Resources Projects.
While working for NRCS, Jimmy also served as an Instructor for the National Employee Development Center, as a member of the agency’s Master Facilitator Cadre, and as a Team Member on many special initiatives and rule-making opportunities at the national level.
Also while working with NRCS, Jimmy held an Adjunct Faculty (Research Scientist) position in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics at The University of Georgia for 10 years.
A native of Georgia, Jimmy grew up working on a poultry farm in the northeastern part of the state. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a Master of Science in Environmental Economics from The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. He has also completed post-graduate work at The University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Chris Ferguson, PhD is a public economist who studies local public policy issues, human capital, and strategic mechanisms for implementing sustainable economic growth policies. As a LAKES REU mentor, he has worked with his students to use contingent valuation methods to understand the value of clean water to communities, and the economic impacts of water pollution on tourism, businesses, and the housing market. This work has resulted in not only a better understanding of how the communities values water, but has led to a greater understanding of community resources and views that can potentially be tapped to lead to water quality improvement. His work with Dr. Paulson has also been funded by a grant from the WI DNR and the Army Corps of Engineers. In addition to his work on the LAKES project, he is the director of the Honors College at UW-Stout.