Past President
Kristie McKinley

Kristie was raised on a small cattle operation in NE, Oklahoma where she participated in 4-H and FFA while growing up. It was through FFA that Kristie received FFA scholarship that allowed her to attend college and major in Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

Kristie began her USDA career at the age of 20 working as a GS-1 for the Farmers Home Administration (part of FSA now) in Stillwater, Oklahoma as a Stay-In-School student working as an administrative assistant on Community and Business Loans while attending OSU.

At the age of 21, Kristie began working for the Soil Conservation Service as a Coop student and spent her first year after college working in the Oklahoma panhandle. As a Soil Conservationist, Kristie worked with farmers and ranchers on the Great Plains and CRP programs and she taught conservation education to the local youth.

After getting married, Kristie transferred to Iowa so her family could take over the family farm. During the 11 years spent in Iowa, Kristie worked as a Soil Conservationist, Field Office Computer Software (FOCS) Coordinator, Toolkit Coordinator and District Conservationist. She was also very active in the Soil and Water Conservation Society and served as the Iowa chapter SWCS president.

New job opportunities moved Kristie’s family to Texas in 2005. During this time Kristie switched from working in a field office to working for NRCS National Headquarters. Kristie has led the agency in the updates and development of many agency software applications such as PRS, IDEA, Toolkit and Conservation Desktop. Kristie’s current position on the Conservation Planning and Technical Assistance Division (CPTAD) has her spending all of her time working on Conservation Desktop, CART and ProTracts.

Kristie and her husband Mike have been married for 25 years and own and operate McKinley Construction and Roofing. She is the proud mom of son’s Grant and Zach. Kristie currently serves as the WiN President and the SWCS North Texas Chapter President.