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SOIL CONSERVATION: Meet the staffs

SOIL CONSERVATION: Meet the staffs
The staff at the NRCS in Charles City is, from left, Brooke Lerum, Marty Hicks, Katie Yule, Dan Borchardt, Ann Voelker, Josh Heims and Doug Johnson.

SOIL CONSERVATION: Meet the staffs
Members of the FSA staff in Charles City are, from left, M’Lynn Knapp, Janel Jones, Dean Lines, Roni Kruse, Cala McGregor and Pat Derdzinski.

Meet the new district conservationist and soil conservationist

My name is Katie Yule, and I am the new district conservationist in the Charles City Field Office.

I grew up on a farm in southeast Iowa. My family no-tills corn and beans and raises hogs. I loved tagging along with my parents when they did anything in the field and I still do.

My dad always said people needed to be good stewards of the land. That was the start of my education in conservation.

I started with the NRCS as an intern in college. The summer of 2010 I was in Ankeny and the summer of 2011 I was in Red Oak. I was hired full time after graduating from Iowa State University in 2012.

I started as a soil conservationist in the Charles City Field Office. I tried to get outside as much as I could, checking CRP, surveying waterways with Marty, or doing compliance status reviews.

After being in Charles City for a year and a half, I moved to the New Hampton Field office. While there, I worked with the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and the Conservation Stewardship Program. In February, I moved back to the Charles City as the district conservationist.

My name is Brooke Lerum. I am the new soil conservationist in the Charles City NRCS office.

My family is from Austin, Minnesota, and I moved to Minneapolis in 2011. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in December of 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in environmental sciences, policy and management and a soil science minor.

During the summer of 2018, I completed an internship with the NRCS in Rhode Island. This was a great experience that highlighted the many different programs available to producers through the NRCS.

After graduation I worked as a project scientist and field technician with an environmental consulting company collecting soil and monitoring well samples on petroleum spill sites in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. After a year of field work, I decided I wanted to focus my career on conservation accessibility and helping people achieve their land stewardship goals.