Merlyn Carlson was appointed to the Transportation Advisory Board in 2012 by former District 4 Supervisor Max Wilson. Carlson formerly served as Deputy Undersecretary for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) where he oversaw the nation's natural resources in partnership with NRCS and other government and non-government entities. Carlson also served as director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) and is a past president of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. In addition, he was the chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation and was president of the Mid-American International Agri-Trade Council. Carlson owned and operated a ranch, feedlot and farming operations throughout his career.