Field Office Staff

The Howard County and Mitchell County NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) offices are a Shared Management Unit. The Howard SWCD is co-located within the NRCS office. At times, the office will be short-staffed and possibly closed due to field work activities.

Front row L-R: Glen Pietan, Harlan Hickle, Irene Lund (assistant)

Back row: Bart Wilson, Rex Kleckner (assistant), Mike Lewis, Mike Natvig

The Howard Soil & Water Conservation District is made up of five locally elected residents of Howard County who serve as volunteers providing local program guidance to solve natural resource concerns within the district.

The commissioner meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month and are open to the public. Check our facebook page for meeting dates/times.


Providing leadership and education for protecting, enhancing and utilizing the soil and water of Howard County, Iowa.

Matt Frana

NRCS Soil Conservationist

Mitchell and Howard counties

Neil Shaffer

District Project Coordinator

Hunter Slifka

District Technician

Kurt Hoeft

NRCS District Conservationist

Howard and Mitchell counties

Shannon Hurd

IDALS-DSC Secretary

Shereen Ries

NRCS Soil Conservation Technician