Why have you chosen to serve on the CURE Board?
I grew up spending all of my free time on a tributary of the Redwood River, and I still enjoy paddling and recreating on the waters of Minnesota. I see the need for conservation both on the water itself and on the surrounding landscape. I joined the CURE board to work with other conservation-minded people toward positive environmental change.
Tell us about your vocation/profession.
In 2014, I accepted my current position as the District Conservationist in Renville County for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), where I will be working with the Renville County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) to install cover crop test plots in multiple locations throughout Renville County. My past experience includes working with landowners on designing, installing, and monitoring of grass seeding, tree plantings and structural conservation practices as a Lyon County SWCD technician. I learned a great deal about cropping systems and conservation throughout southern Minnesota as a Soil Conservationist. In McPherson and Edmunds Counties, SD, I worked as the Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist for nine years. While working in South Dakota, I expanded my knowledge of livestock grazing systems, no-till farming, cover crops, and easement management.
I received my AAS degree in Soil & Water Conservation at Minnesota West Community & Technical College in Canby, MN, and received my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Southwest Minnesota State University.
I was raised in rural Lyon County on a corn, soybean, swine, and cattle farm. Currently, I live in Granite Falls with my husband Eric. In my leisure time, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Holly Hatlewick was elected to the CURE Board of Directors in 2015.