Ron Alvarado, State Conservationist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Ron, a 19-year veteran of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has served as the Oregon State Conservationist since December of 2008. Previously, he served as the NRCS State Conservationist for New York. Ron began his NRCS career as a student trainee while attending New Mexico State University. During this time, he worked in several NRCS field offices throughout the state and spent a short time in the New Mexico State Office. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Horticulture/Agronomy and a minor in Soil Science in 1994, he went on to hold various positions with the agency, including Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in Arizona and Basin Team Leader and Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in Oregon. Ron’s work experience brings Oregon’s communities and landowners a solid background of technical excellence, strategic conservation planning, and innovative leadership.
Ron was born and raised on a small farm north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he and his family raised pecans, alfalfa, and various vegetables, particularly red and green chiles for the farmers market. These days, Ron loves to exercise, remodel and renovate homes, work on old cars, read, and listen to music.