Kennedy joins Field Office
The Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced Kristi Kennedy joined the Brazil Field Office.
Kennedy graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in agricultural systems management.
While at Purdue, she was active serving on the Purdue Agricultural Council as vice president, secretary of Alpha Mu Honor Society, and was a member of the Ag Systems Management Club.
In 2006, she completed the May-mesterby studying abroad with a trip to Brazil and Argentina. She completed undergraduate study in Ag Safety in relation to Bull Attacks.
She gave presentations at the National Institute for Farm Safety and the Indiana Rural Safety and Health Council Ag Safety Forum.
Kennedy grew up on a farm in Reelsville, where they raised beef cattle, sheep and pigs.
Her parents are Ernie and Chris Sheldon.
She attended South Putnam High School and graduated in 2005.
While there, she was a cheerleader and a member of the FFA, where she was an officer and attended all of the state and national conventions. She received her American Farmer Degree.
She was a 10-year 4-H'r, where she was in Jr. Leaders, a local club officer, and won the "Spirit of 4-H" award. She showed livestock and exhibited projects at the Putnam County Fair and the Indiana State Fair all 10 years.
She started work with NRCS as a student trainee in the Rockville office while in college. Since graduation, she has worked in the Williamsport Field Office and was transferred to Brazil in October 2011.
She has completed various national trainings, including Conservation Boot Camp, Engineering Boot Camp, Soil Quality, and Managing for Excellence.
She is a Certified Conservation Planner.
Kennedy and her husband, Matt, make their home near Carbon.
They are members of the Big Walnut Baptist Church in Reelsville and enjoy spending time with their family.
They are members of the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmers. They operate a small farm, where they raise beef cattle and she is a member of the American Maine Anjou Association.
Kennedy will provide technical assistance to farmers and landowners in Clay County and the surrounding area.