We are excited to announce that three new Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists have been hired in Missouri. These new biologists will work with area landowners and farmers to implement wildlife habitat conservation measures aimed at increasing quail and other wildlife populations. Through a partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF), we aim to help restore quail numbers in Missouri.
Ryan Diener will be located in the Franklin County USDA Field Office in Union. Ryan is a native of Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri. Since that time—among other things—Ryan has been working as a Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist for Pheasants Forever in Oberlin, Kan. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman and is involved with several professional and conservation organizations. Ryan will start in early April. He can be contacted at 636-299-1140 or RDiener@quailforever.org.
Scott James will be located in the Scott County USDA Field Office in Benton. Scott is a native of Illinois. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University. Since that time, Scott has been a waterfowl research technician on two projects in North Dakota and most recently in the Bootheel of Missouri. Scott recently completed his contract with the Army National Guard and has served some time overseas. He has been interested in wildlife conservation work since childhood. Scott will start work on Feb. 27. Once he starts, he will be able to be reached at 573-545-3593 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew White will be located in the Livingston County Field Office in Chillicothe. Andrew is a native of Missouri. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Most recently he has been working for the Missouri Department of Conservation in the Private Land Services Division as well as the Protection Division. Andrew is quite involved both professionally and as a volunteer; he currently volunteers for the Four Rivers Quail Forever Chapter. Andrew will start Feb. 21 and at that time will be able to be reached at 660-646-6220 or at AWhite@quailforever.org.
The Farm Bill Biologists are employees of, and supervised by PF, with daily instruction and leadership provided by NRCS and MDC. Funding is provided by NRCS, MDC and local QF Chapters. These staff jumped into their new jobs while at the National Pheasantfest held this weekend in Kansas City. They helped provide assistance to more than 280 landowners who stopped by the Habitat Help Desk over the weekend.