Eric B. Banks has been selected as the new state conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kansas. He will begin his assignment June 9. His office is located in Salina, and he can be reached at (785) 823-4565. 
    Before accepting the position in Salina, Banks served as the NRCS assistant state conservationist for financial assistance programs in Phoenix, where he was responsible for the management of all farm bill programs. 
    Banks brings a background of diverse experience to the Kansas natural resources conservation partnership. His experience in a variety of NRCS managerial and technical positions includes acting National Grassland Reserve Program manager in Washington, D.C.; area conservationist in northeast Missouri; and resource conservationist and district conservationist in Indiana.  He also held positions in South Carolina and Nebraska. He began his career with the agency as a student trainee in Wilber, Neb.
    Originally from Tuscaloosa, Ala., Banks graduated from Alcorn State University with a degree in agriculture