Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Arlen Lancaster has announced Kevin Brown as Tennessee's new state conservationist.

Brown has most recently served as deputy chief for management in Washington, D.C. for the USDA-NRCS. While in Washington, he served as associate deputy chief for management, director of the financial assistance programs division, and director of the easement programs division. Before serving in Washington, Brown was Ohio's state conservationist for five years.

In August 2003, Brown was selected to participate in the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and completed SES certification in September 2004.

Previously, he served as deputy state conservationist with NRCS in Alexandria, La., and has held various positions throughout his 30 year federal career including three years as liaison to the NRCS Land and Water 201 Project with the Tennessee Valley Authority in Muscle Shoals, Ala.; area conservationist in the Panhandle of Florida; and district conservationist in four locations in his home state of Tennessee.

Brown returns to Tennessee to replace James W. Ford, who served as Tennessee's state conservationist from 1997 until his retirement in January 2007.