Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Hillsboro Soil Conservationist Passes
I am sad to report the passing of Don Long, former District Conservationist for USDA Soil Conservation Service in Hillsboro. I first met Don when I was a young soil scientist in Edwardsville. We worked in the same administrative area. When I moved to Hillsboro, Don had been retired about 5 years. He would stop by the office from time to time to share his wisdom. He had solid common sense. In more recent years, I have joined Don and a group of other retired people for coffee. Don often had a story to share with the group. I will always remember a road trip in the summer of 2014 to his farm near Crossville. Don showed me all around the farm. I collected soil samples to have tested using our then new Soil Heath Tool. His land had been in continuous No-till for 30 years by that time, and it showed. Don's obituary is worth a look.