|Daniel Palic promoted to NRCS district manager|
|Written by Vickie Sandlin, Julesburg Advocate|
Daniel Palic of Julesburg has been promoted to the position of NRCS District Conservation Manager for Phillips and Sedgwick counties.
Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) has worked through conservation districts to help landowners, as well as federal, state, tribal and local governments, along with community groups to conserve natural resources on private lands.
The NRCS has six focus areas that include high-quality, productive soils; clean and abundant water; healthy plant and animal communities; clean air; an adequate energy supply; and working farms and ranch lands.
“We work with anything natural resource related,” explained Palic. “We provide technical assistance when it comes to erosion issues; inefficient water usage; aiding in wind break designs, terraces and pipelines.” His office works closely with the FSA (Farm Service Agency) office as well.
Palic, a 1986 graduate of Julesburg High School, has been working as a soil conservationist for NRCS in Sedgwick County for the past year. He and his wife Rhonda and their 2-year-old son Josh returned to Julesburg last year moving from Fort Collins. “It’s like coming home again,” Palic said.
After high school, Palic received his bachelor’s in agronomy and his master’s in soil science, both from Colorado State University. He was employed 17 years with the Agricultural Research Services in Fort Collins as a technician.
As the NRCS district manager, Palic will now split his time between Sedgwick County and Phillips County, overseeing both offices.
In time he hopes to promote outreach programs to area farmers and ranchers and to be able to provide educational seminars.