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I grew up in east central Indiana about 1 ½ hours south of Fort Wayne. I worked onmy grandfather’s dairy, beef, swine and row crop farm till I graduated from high school. I then attended the University of Florida and got an undergraduate degree and also worked as student athletic trainer for 4 yrs. I got my Masters from Purdue University in Soil and Crop Science and worked as a Research Technician for the
Agronomy Department. My California bride, Leta, married me in 1995 and we moved to Clewiston, Florida where I worked as Crop and Environmental Advisor for Farmers around Lake Okeechobee. I then got accepted as a COT in Michigan in March of 2003 and I am now a CED. My oldest daughter Trinity will be graduating from High School in May and my youngest daughter will turn 15 in May.
My staffs over the years have meant the world to me. God has blessed me with staff who want to serve our producers. I love MASCOE/NASCOE because it helps protect and provide for me and my staff. I am so glad for those before me who had the fore sight and tenacity to get MASCOE/NASCOE going. It is an honor to serve in such a great organization.
I grew up on my family’s dairy farm in Wilson, in the beautiful UP of Michigan. Thisgave me an appreciation for the great outdoors, gardening, and animals. I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, running, kayaking, and doing crafts. I joined the FSA family in January 2006 as a PT in the Menominee County office, and transferred to the Delta County office in December 2014. I became involved with MASCOE because it is the voice of county office employees and to network with other employees.
My career in FSA is this: I was hired by FSA as a temporary employee in August of 2002. I became a COT in March of 2003. When vacancies were finally posted in April of 2004, I was hired as the CED in Berrien County. I then took over as Gratiot CED in October of 2006, where I currently reside. I truly enjoy working with my County Committee. I learn something each meeting. My favorite part is just talking to my COC about farming.
I grew up on a farm in Wheeler, Michigan, growing soybeans, corn, wheat, and sugar beets. Wheeler is a HUGE suburb of the greater Breckenridge metroplex, located in northeast Gratiot County. After graduating from Saginaw Valley State University, I worked at various levels for a lumber company prior to working for FSA.
Outside work, I spend time with my family. I have two sons, one in high school and one in college. My wife has held a position with the same bank for 28 years. We are truly tied to our community that we grew up in and live in. Apart from farming, I also like yard work, landscaping, and building projects. I love to get onto a tractor and move dirt (insert thunderous Tim Taylor grunt here – UHH-uh-uh!). I believe the best scents are freshly turned soil in the spring and a whiff of diesel exhaust on a crisp fall morning.
To me, MASCOE means representation. It provides a voice for FSA county office employees and is a conduit for information between those employees and the upper levels of USDA. NASCOE and MASCOE are vital to make certain we’re incorporated into all legislation that affords us benefits identical to GS employees, while also communicating about programs through the employees who implement them and work with producers on a daily basis.
Agriculture has a hold on me. I played in the fields as a child, and I worked along side my father during the summers; all of that leading to the building and growing of my own family and farm operation. I started with the FSA in 2014 as a temp in Monroe County, which became a permanent position in 2016. Immediately after the transition to full-time employment, I joined MASCOE as a member. I believe in support associations and organizations, such as MASCOE, that advocate for the betterment of employees and share similar interests to my own. Most of all, I believe that MASCOE has allowed me to cultivate lasting relationships and experience new opportunities.
I have been a PT since February 2008 in Cass County (or the wrist bone in the mitten!), where I live on the family farm here, which grows corn, soybeans, and raises NAE pigs in the great outdoors! Walks down the dirt roads and through the woods around our farm with my husband, whichever child is home at the time, two dogs, and the family cat are a daily ritual and form of great enjoyment for me. Personally, I feel that a significant benefit of being a MASCOE member is the extra insurance plans available; there is an awesome cancer policy that turned into a blessing a few years ago when we came face-to-face with cancer. MASCOE is the voice for the county office employee so that we are not overlooked or forgotten.