Sue Stone, Area Resource Conservationist
Truman and Gladys Turner, Sue's parents, raised seven children (Sue's the youngest) on a small farm in Grant's Lick, Kentucky which is in Campbell County. Her father farmed on the side, but it still made an impact on Sue and her love for agriculture. She said, "I have a great respect and a bond with those who work the land, it was a natural progression for me to seek out a career in agriculture."
In 1981, with an associate degree in Veterinary Technology and a bachelors degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Animal Science from Morehead State University, Sue launched her career with the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service). She served as a soil conservationist in Caldwell County then she was promoted to district conservationist for Lyon County where she remained for 14 years. She recalls, "I like problem solving, and in the field, it was rewarding to identify a resource need, come up with a solution, and see it to resolution."
In a reorganization within the agency, Sue became a resource conservationist providing Farm Bill Program assistance to landowners in both Caldwell and Lyon Counties. She briefly served in Union County on a detail/temporary work assignment before being promoted to the Area Resource Conservationist (ARC) position in the Area Office in Madisonville, Kentucky.
As the ARC, Sue is responsible for the technical leadership on programs like the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for the 30 counties that make up the Area. She said, "I suppose I am still problem solving in this position, mostly dealing with contracts, but I love the high caliber class of people I work with and enjoy the rewards that come with improving the environment."
Sue works hard to ensure the quality of the work done by NRCS is top notch. It has been many years since Sue was the district conservationist in Lyon County, but she recently was able to look at some pictures of a grassed waterway and grade stabilization structure that she had planned and worked to install over 15 years ago. She said, "Everything still looked very good, and the son of the landowner said their family was very proud of the success of the practices and the service they were provided all those years ago."
In her time away from NRCS, Sue is a successful high school volleyball coach and active member of Crider Baptist Church. Sue has been married to Johnny Stone for nearly 31 years. Johnny is a lifelong farmer, raising livestock, grain and alfalfa hay. They enjoy working on the farm together.
Sue and Johnny are the parents of four children. Their oldest son, Justin Lee, was lost in in accident many years ago. She recalls, "Our NRCS family helped us through that time." Their oldest daughter Alice Marie is a graduate of Murray State University and is married to David Cotton and they have an 11 month old daughter named Macy Lee. Their second daughter, Casey Lynn is a sophomore at St. Catharine College on a volleyball scholarship. The youngest daughter, Jessica Sue is a senior in high school and recently committed to attend Mid Continent University on a volleyball scholarship this fall.