Amanda Mathis grew up on a cattle operation in northwest Arkansas, where her passion for agriculture began early in life. She boasts a deep love for agriculture, a belief in the power of great partnerships, and locally led conservation efforts.
In 2004, Amanda began her career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and served as a Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in multiple counties where she assisted producers and conservation partners with the development and implementation of site-specific conservation plans.
In 2015, Amanda assumed her role as Arkansas’s Assistant State Conservationist for Partnerships, where she works to enhance collaborative efforts to achieve the conservation mission and leads the Regional Conservation Partnership Program and the Mississippi River Basin Initiative for the state. She has served outside of Arkansas as the Acting State Conservationist for Louisiana and Oklahoma.
She holds a degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management from the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO, and a Masters in Crop Soil and Environmental Sciences from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She and her husband, Kevin, reside on a small cow-calf operation near Mount Vernon, Arkansas.