Hello everybody, my name is Joel Alicea-Hernandez and I’m the new District Conservationist from NRCS at Gaylord Field Office. I received a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Soils with a minor in Ag. Education from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. During my college years, I got the opportunity to work in summer with NRCS through the STEP program in Wahpeton, North Dakota. After that I returned home and worked for the private sector for a few years. In November 2016 I returned and joined the NRCS Minnesota Team and since then I’ve served as a Soil Conservationist at Waseca, Steele, and Freeborn counties. A job that I have really enjoyed because it has given me the opportunity to get involved directly with farmers and producers. All things considered, my position as a Conservationist it has been a great experience that has allowed me to develop new skills, keep growing as a professional and serve others. My phone number is 507-237-5435, Ext 3, please do no hesitate to contact me to inquire about our programs information.