The Agricultural Modeling Subcommittee provides enhanced agricultural modeling assistance to support the Agriculture Workgroup and the workgroup's Expert Review Panels on technical decisions regarding the development of the Phase 6 modeling tools for the TMDL Mid-Point Assessment in 2017. Functions include:
I received a B.S. in Agronomy (1985) and M.S. in Soil Microbiology (1991) from Purdue University,and a Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from Kansas State University (1998). After completing my PhD, I spent one year as a Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota and two years as a post-doctoral Research Associate at Michigan State University. Since 2001, I have been a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-ARS at University Park, Pennsylvania. My research has focused on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural soils and the impact of nutrient management on water and air quality. I currently lead projects studying impacts of using various manure application equipment on ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions from soil; soil carbon sequestration and nitrous oxide emissions with switchgrass grown for biofuel feedstocks and in sustainable dairy forage rotations; and utilization of slow release and inhibitor- treated nitrogen fertilizers to reduce nitrogen gas emissions and enhance crop uptake. I am also part of a team researching impacts of various aspects of manure management on water quality. Currently, I am on a special assignment as with USDA-NRCS as Science Advisory for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, where I am proving input on the new and modified agricultural conservation practices to help reduce nutrient inputs into the Bay.
Agricultural Research Service
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Dana York retired from the Natural Resource Conservation Service in January 2011 after a 34- year career with the Agency. She has formed a consulting group, Green Earth Connection to bring her expertise to the agricultural and environmental communities. Her training and organization leadership experience is also used to help organizations become more effective and efficient within current, expanding or decreasing resources. Her expertise includes: training and implementing BMP Identification projects, nutrient management, nutrient trading, the EPA Chesapeake Bay model and partnership building. She specializes in the development of dynamic business plans and project implementation with implementable and measurable goals and actions.
Prior to her retirement she was the Director of the Watershed and Landscape Programs Division, NRCS, in January 2010, where she directed the NRCS Watershed, Conservation Technical Assistance and Conservation Initiatives Programs. These programs assist communities with planning and implementing natural resource conservation on private lands from individual farms to large-scale watershed projects. She also coordinated the Agency’s targeted efforts in large watersheds such as the Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River Basin. Prior to returning to Washington, she was the Senior Advisor to the Chesapeake Bay Program in Annapolis, MD. As the Senior Advisor, she was the Agency’s representative at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Bay Program office and worked to implement the 2009 Chesapeake Bay Presidential Executive Order. From 2004 to 2009 she served at the Associate Chief for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. As the Associate Chief she managed the agency’s overall programs and operations, including a $3.2 billion annual budget.
She joined the NRCS National Headquarters staff in 1999 as a special assistant to the Chief and then as the Acting Director of Budget Planning Analysis Division, which is responsible for all Agency budget formulation. In 2001, she became the director of the NRCS Operations
Management and Oversight Division with responsibility for the agency’s operations management, including monitoring operations, business planning and accountability, and development and monitoring of accountability information systems. She also led the agency’s efforts on quality assurance, oversight and evaluation.
York began her 34-year career with the former Soil Conservation Service (SCS) as a student trainee while attending Tennessee Technological University. She has held various positions with the agency in Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio, including Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, State Resource Conservationist, Partnership Liaison and Deputy State Conservationist.
York is a native of Tennessee. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science from Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University with an emphasis in organizational design and measurement, business planning and leading organizations and employees through change.
In September of 2007 Dana was awarded the President’s Distinguished Rank Award, which is the highest award a career employee can receive for their career as a Senior Executive. In 2008 she received 2008 Agricultural Alumnus of the year from Tennessee Technological University.
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