Joanna Pope is a public affairs officer with the USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service (NRCS) in Lincoln, Neb. She is a native Nebraskan who grew up in the Platte River Valley. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in environmental science, she began her career with NRCS and the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture as a conservationist. She now dedicates her time to telling the stories of the Nebraska landowners and operators who generously choose to conserve the natural resources on their property.