Friday, March 31, 2017

A. J. "Eddy" Soucek's Retirement.

My brother-in-law, A. J. "Eddy" Soucek retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Service (SCS) in Seward, NE. He was recognized for his 32 years of service with a "coffee" on April 11, 1986. I was working with the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission at the time, and am shown here attaching a "Nebraska Soil and Water Steward" pen to Eddy's lapel. The SCS name has been changed to Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with an expanded mission. Our son Jon has been with SCS/NRCS for a number of years and writing a paper of our family history with the Agency. We are looking for pictures of Eddy working out in a field or with his SCS truck. 
This 2nd picture was taken at the same event and shows Eddy with William Gilliam, his District Conservationist who had been his boss.  I have been active in the Association of Retired Conservation Employees since my retirement but have not kept up with current employees. The programs of the Agency continue to be very relevant in working with farmers and land users for the sustainable use of our Natural Resources in the production of Food and Fiber. Our country's agricultural production continues to be a real success story. The challenge is to utilize our soil and water on a sustainable basis.

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