1988 -- Graduate of the University of Nebraska School of Technical Agriculture, Curtis (UNSTA) with an Associate Degree in Soil and Water Management Technology.
1991 -- Graduate of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture Sciences.
Upon graduation from UNSTA, began NRCS (SCS) career in July, 1988 as a Soil Conservation Technician at the Blair Field Office. Enrolled at UNL in August, 1989 and worked as a Soil Conservationist Student Trainee at Field Office locations in McCook and David City while attending UNL. Upon graduation from UNL, worked as a Soil Conservationist at the Hartington Field Office from January, 1992 through October, 1994. Transferred to the St. Paul Field Office and worked as a Soil Conservationist and Resource Conservationist at that location from November, 1994 through March, 1998. Began duties as the District Conservationist in the Central Platte Natural Resources District on March 30, 1998.
Priorities are most often related to water management issues. High priority items include:
groundwater nitrate level reduction
efforts to manage Platte River flows so that the interests irrigated agriculture producers may coexists with endangered species recovery and urban interests
floodwater management to prevent property damage and limitations to agriculture production
efforts to improve overall health of grazinglands
soil erosion on reduction on cropland
enhance the quality and increase quantity of wildlife habitat within the NRD
NRCS is the primary source for technical expertise and assistance required to address the priorities identified by the NRD and Local Work Group. NRCS is actively involved in providing technical assistance related to irrigation water management and nutrient management to address water quality and quantity concerns.