Clifford Thornton was recently named assistant state conservationist for management and strategy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Little Rock. “I am very excited and looking forward to the opportunities ahead and to work with the conservation team in Arkansas,” Thornton said.
Thornton previously served as the acting state conservationist in Kentucky, in 2013, and was assistant state conservationist for field operations in Emporia, Kansas, in 2012. He was appointed the acting assistant state conservationist for operations in South Carolina in 2011, the assistant state conservationist for field operations in Dayton, Ohio, in 2004, and resource conservation and development coordinator for Defiance, Ohio, in 1999.
Thornton grew up in Lee County and earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. After graduation, he worked in Kansas as a soil conservationist in Miami and Jackson counties and was selected as the Wyandotte County district conservationist in Kansas in 1994.
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