After 32 years at the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Greg Tennant retired last spring, opening the door for a new District Conservationist of Brown County.
Jennifer Hahn began in that position last June.
Originally from Rush City, Jennifer grew up on a crop farm helping milk cows and raise steers. She said she grew up one mile from the St. Croix River with a mix of landscapes–crop, pasture, prairie and forestland–which cultivated her interest in conservation.
Jennifer has served as a Soil Conservation Technician in Pine, Chisago, Carlton, South St. Louis, Cook and Lake Counties before coming to Brown County in 2012. She has worked with the NRCS since 2005.
Jennifer said her job entails assisting producers in managing their soils, water, nutrients and overall management to increase yields while improving natural resources. She also assists with improving wildlife land.
“I meet people and listen to their objectives, inventory their land and manage and create conservation plans for people free of charge and try to attain financial assistance for people to implement the conservation practices,” Jennifer explained.
Jennifer said one aspect of her job she is most excited about is helping producers protect their soil.
“I believe if you want to protect your soil, many positive benefits will be realized–increased yields, improvements in water quality, reduced erosion, reduced inputs into ag operations, pride of ownership and management, among others,” Jennifer added.
She said she enjoys the prairie landscape, adding that the soils and the people are excellent.
Jennifer has two daughters, parents who still farm in Chisago County, a sister who lives in England, a great-aunt who lives in Sanborn and her mother’s cousin and husband recently moved to New Ulm, where Jennifer currently resides.
In her spare time, Jennifer says she likes bass fishing on the river, deer hunting, gardening, crafting, building things, hiking, camping, dancing, rock collecting and spending time with her daughters.