Stoller resigns position at Soil and Water Conservation
For the past five and a half years there has been a mutual exchange of appreciation for Adams County grazing land between Katy Stoller of Adams County Soil and Water and farmers with pasture land in the county.
Stoller’s assignment has especially been with the Amish community very extensively with their development of graze land, says Stoller.
“I enjoyed working with them so much. They are committed to what they are doing and know what they want,” observed Stoller. “I admire their attachment to the land. They know how to work the land and take care of it.”
Stoller, who assumed her position in October of 2007, recently resigned in order to help her father with computer technology related to his farming operation in Kosciusko County.
“Dad offered me a job to work for him,” commented Stoller. “I am expecting our second child; I will be able to work from home with the offer that he made for me. I needed to make a couple of changes; this seems to take care of that.
“My dad still farms; he is a dealer for precision planting,” continued Stoller. “He makes after-market products for corn planters. He needed extra hands to keep up with the high technology. I can do that without having to be based on the farm. I am very peaceful and excited about this.”
Stoller is married to Chris Stoller, who works with a private organization as an airplane pilot out of Fort Wayne International Airport.
Stoller met her husband-to-be on a mission trip to Haiti. She was raised in Paulding County, Ohio and she was raised in Kosciusko County.
Prior to her employment in Adams County, Stoller had been employed at the Soil and Water office in Kosciusko County.
Stoller, a graduate of Wawasee High School, received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Purdue University. Her interest in agriculture stems from 10 years in 4-H and four years in FFA in high school.
“I always enjoyed being raised on the farm,” noted Stoller. “I really started to sense what I wanted to do after my sophomore year in college when I was offered an internship in Natural Resource Conservation Service.
“The thing that kept me coming back to work each day has been the realization for the need for healthy food to eat. We need to take care of the land in order to make sure that everybody is healthy,” said Stoller.
Stoller said that healthy eating all comes back to soil and water and keeping the nutrients in the soil. It’s a matter of keeping animals and plants healthy, Stoller said.
“I have enjoyed this because I’ve had the chance to work with all kinds of people,” continued Stoller. “Everything we do for this office comes through building relationships and finding ways to help people in their agriculture.”
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