April Wilson serves the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Resource Conservationist. Attending Southwest Missouri State University, she developed an interest in soils and began her USDA-NRCS career by engaging in internships at Poplar Bluff, St. Joseph, and Springfield, MO. Upon graduation, she received her first duty station in Mount Vernon, MO where she worked as a Soil Conservationist. A short time later, she transferred to Ava, MO where she and her family currently reside.
April has worked in Douglas and Ozark Counties assisting landowners for 23 years serving as a Resource Conservationist and District Conservationist. In that time she has conducted numerous regional grazing schools throughout South Central and Southwest Missouri, sharing best known practices for grassland conservation. She also aids numerous vegetable producers with the high tunnel program and forestland owners with forest management and wildlife-friendly practices.
April’s contributions are not limited to the Field Office Service Area. She currently serves Missouri’s Federal Women’s Program Manager and travels to other states as a member of the EDS Training Cadre for the ‘Extending Outreach to all Customers’ course. One of the highlights of her career was being involved in the Secretary of Agriculture’s Customer Experience Summit at USDA Headquarters in Washington D.C. in 2018.
April is an active member of the National Organization of Professional Women in Natural Resources Conservation Service (WiN), currently serving as Secretary and Committee Chair of the “In It to WiN It” teleconferences.
April practices what she teaches, utilizing the family farm with husband Jon and sons Wyatt and Westin, to implement best management practices for their Angus-cross cow/calf herd. This hands-on experience provides valuable knowledge and enhanced customer service when assisting her clients.
When not working, April enjoys feeding people, especially her three hungry men, being creative in her craft room, and the peace and tranquility of the front porch with a cup of coffee.