“My husband and I own a cow/calf operation. We get to practice sustainability every day just by taking care of the land and working to improve the soil we are responsible for. I truly believe protecting our soil should be every producer’s top responsibility. We depend on the soil to grow the grass to feed our cows and grow our crops, so it makes sense to want to improve the soil from a business and environmental standpoint.”
As an environmental technician for Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC) in the Agricultural Compliance and Engineering division, Samantha Bretz is responsible for developing and updating nutrient management plans, reviewing and submitting monthly operation reports and annual reports. She also completes renewal and permit applications as well as monitors and reports overnight water balance tests.
She knows that one of the challenges facing SEC’s clients is the increasing rules and regulations that they must follow to stay in business. Samantha believes it’s her job to stay up to date on new rules and regulations to help them be aware of any issues they may face, especially those that aren’t big enough to have their own full-time environmental consultant.
Before joining SEC in 2017, Samantha worked at a farmers’ co-op in the grain and agronomy departments. She sold and wrote custom application work orders for chemicals and fertilizers. This included mapping out the fields and figuring out how much of each ingredient would need to go in the sprayer or spreader.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Fort Hays State University. During college, she worked in a greenhouse and did landscaping projects. She is working on becoming a Certified Crop Advisor.
Samantha grew up on a family farm growing wheat and milo. She and her husband run a cow/calf operation where his grandparents used to farm.
In her spare time, Samantha loves to grow vegetables in her garden and plant flowers and shrubs around her landscape. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their German shepherd.