Mike was an Engineer for Caterpillar Tractor and then Waterloo John Deere Tractor Factory and Product engineering Center for over 35 years. Those positions kept him in contact with the needs of farmers and new technology as it developed. Mike also still helps on the family farm in Greene county in the spring and fall.
Mike retired from Deere a decade ago and now does a lot of volunteer work related to Conservation and Education. Mike serves as an assistant Conservation Commissioner in Black Hawk County and coordinates several of their education programs. He also volunteers several days a week in the Waterloo School System (before Covid19 restrictions).
Barbara and Mike are lifetime members of the Practical Farmers of Iowa and are active members of the Iowa Environmental Council, ICCI, Food and Water Watch, and other organizations where they work to reduce the impact of pollution of all types on Iowa’s Air, Land, and Water. That includes supporting Clean solar/ wind energy and working to reduce climate change.
Barbara and Mike have installed several Conservation practices on farmland land we own in Buena Vista county and on farmland we own in Buchanan county. Prairie strips, pollinator habitat, grassed waterways, general CRP, and buffers are some of the practices installed.
They enjoy family activities, summer baseball, tractor ride events, and a little travel, especially on trains.