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NRCS Chief Dave White announces retirement

Dave White

Dave White

Dave White, the chief of the Agriculture Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, today announced that he will retire on December 3.

White, a longtime civil servant who has been detailed to Capitol Hill as well as holding the job of chief, which is a political appointment, told The Hagstrom Report that he will open a consulting business in the Washington area.

White and Agriculture Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman announced in separate emails to the NRCS staff that Jason Weller, who has been White's chief of staff, will serve as acting chief.

In the email and in the interview, White gave an unusually strong endorsement of Weller, noting that he is a former Agriculture Department examiner in the Office of Management and Budget and a staffer on the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations Committee whom he recruited to the agency.

“If you like the trajectory NRCS has been on, that is the guy to continue it,” White said.

In the email to staff, White said, “It is my firm belief that under his leadership, NRCS will not only continue to prosper, but achieve the next level in voluntary, incentive-based private land conservation. I ask that you give him your full and unconditional support.”