New year, new adventure... retirement

Bruce Voigts stands with a sample of a cover crop--winter rye. It shows how the rooty stem works, allowing him to demonstrate to farmers how cover crops work and how microbes are good for plants.

“'To all acquaintances not forgot' is something how the line from the New Year’s song goes. I would not want to forget all those I have been in contact with the last six-plus years at the USDA office in Clarion and Webster City working on watershed projects,” said Bruce Voigts in his final days before retiring last week.

His 42-year career in conservation/education has left him with a feeling of having done something worthwhile and rewarding, knowing his work has made a difference in the world... and he’s done so through many different venues. Psychology teacher, social science teacher, Wright County Naturalist/environmental education, environmental science and biology teacher, watershed coordinator... all job titles Bruce Voigts has held over the years. His passion for taking care of the land and teaching others how to do so as well--he credits to his dad--a farmer in the Allison, Iowa area.

"Growing up, my dad was very conservation minded... he wanted to take good care of things... so it was ingrained into my mind,” said Voigts, who recently retired from the USDA office in Clarion and Webster City.

For the full story, see the January 5 edition of the Monitor.