Candy J. Thomas got her start in 1994 working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Missouri as a soil conservationist and later holding the titles of resource conservationist and district conservationist while there. In 2010, Candy was added to the National Education Center cadre in Fort Worth, Texas, as training instructor and National Conservation Boot Camp coordinator. In 2013, she transferred to the Kansas NRCS State Office in Salina as the Kansas state agronomist. As of 2015, Candy was promoted to the position of regional soil health specialist for Kansas and Nebraska with her duty station being at the Kansas State Office. She assists farmers and ranchers with indicators of soil health and training the NRCS staff on the benefits of soil health management systems. In 2018, she was given additional duties as the content manager for the Science and Technology Training Library which hosts new webinars weekly and houses over 1000 webinars available to the public on many topics such as soil health, organic farming, and technical topics involving water quality, engineering and forestry.
Candy completed her bachelor’s degree in horticulture with a minor in agronomy at Northwest Missouri State University and a master’s degree in agronomy at Iowa State University.