“One of the most rewarding parts of my job is finding solutions to problems for livestock facilities and then seeing those solutions come to fruition. I grew up in agriculture, and this career allows me to stay involved in agriculture.”
Daniel Berges oversees the Agricultural Compliance and Engineering division for Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC) and serves as the primary contact between its clients and regulatory agencies. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of environmental compliance related to livestock facilities, specializing in facility design and waste management.
Daniel joined SEC in 2009 and has enjoyed watching the service lines evolve since the early years of the company. He has played an integral part in growing the soil sampling service, creating and implementing standard protocols for clients to better gauge field needs, and expanding our edge of field conservation engineering design, including saturated buffers, bioreactors, wetlands and more.
“We know producers are facing growing environmental regulations due to the misconception that agriculture is detrimental to the environment,” said Daniel. “We try to help them operate as environmentally sustainable as possible by minimizing inputs, such as fertilizers, while maximizing crop yields.”
Prior to joining SEC, Daniel was a review engineer in the Livestock Waste Management Section at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. He worked with new livestock facilities to ensure each one followed stormwater best management practices and met local, state, and federal regulations.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in biological and agricultural engineering from Kansas State University and has been a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers since 2002.
In his spare time, Daniel likes doing yard work including mowing, working in his flower beds, and clearing brush from pastures. He also enjoys smoking meat and watching college football, especially Kansas State.