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James E. Tillman Sr. Regional Conservationist - Southeast

James E. Tillman Sr. is the Regional Conservationist for the Southeast. In this role he oversees NRCS conservation programs and activities for the 11 Southeast states and the Caribbean Area.

James served as State Conservationist in Georgia for nine years. Prior to that, he was the Deputy State Conservationist in California and served as Assistant State Conservationist for Programs and Acting State Administrative Officer in Texas. In Illinois, James served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Resource Assessment and Technology.

In his 32-year career with NRCS, James has also held positions as Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, Resource Conservationist, and USDA/1890 Liaison Officer.  He has worked in seven states (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, California and Georgia) and Washington, DC.

James obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.  He and his wife, Patricia, have three grown children.