I got up to the local Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) Office today for the first time in over a year. We received a check in the mail for the Foundation, which I helped establish but am no longer involved, so needed to get it in the right channels. It was interesting visiting with the staff. I told a young man who had only been with the Agency for a couple years, that he probably didn’t realize how lucky he was to be able to work for NRCS. I don’t know of any studies on the lives of people who are career employees but suspect they live healthier, happier, less stressful and longer lives than the general population. The very nature of the job at the Field Office level involves a lot of physical exercise out in the country working with farmers and ranchers. The fact that their work is centered on working with agricultural producers on the sustainable use of our Natural Resources, carries over into everyday life of employees. The Federal salaries are such to provide a comfortable living but few extras, so employees learn early on to “live within their means” which eliminates a lot of stress. As I told the young man, the Agency was certainly good to me and still is, with the provided annuity benefits.