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NRCS - Natural Resource Conservation Service

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District Conservationist

A native of Oconee County, Graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Environmental Natural Resource Management and Wildlife Fisheries Biology.  Began career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a student intern and has since worked in Oconee, Abbeville, McCormick, Calhoun, Sumter, and Aiken Counties. Has served as District conservationist in Aiken county since 2013. Married Ola Whitney-Martin in 2005 and have three children Carolina Martin, Raeleigh Martin and Joshua Martin Jr.



Soil Conservationist

Sam is from Starr, SC, a small town in Anderson County in the upstate.  He is a graduate of Clemson University with a BS in Agriculture Economics and a Masters in Plant and Environmental Science.  Sam has been around agriculture all his life.  He grew up on his parents' 70 acre farm in Starr, where they raised several different kinds of livestock.  He is married to Brittany and has two children, Brice and Natalie.

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

What is EQIP?  EQIP assists farm, ranch, and forest production and improves and protects environmental quality.  EQIP applications are accepted throughout the year.  For more information about EQIP, visit:

Get Started with NRCS

5 steps to assistance:

1. Planning

2. Application

3. Eligibility

4. Ranking

5. Implementing

NRCS offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers, and forest owners.  To find out more, go to:

Contact Josh or Sam at 803-649-4221 or email or

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