“I like to develop working relationships with our clients. There is a huge array of personalities, business structures, and goals. I like to think that we are doing more than just helping them with following regulations. If they can see that by following a nutrient management plan, they can save money, ground water, and fertilizer, I feel good about that.”
As an environmental technician, Susan Francis is responsible for nutrient management plans and Kansas Department of Health and Environment annual reports as part of the Agricultural Compliance and Engineering division at Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC). She serves as the primary contact for Southwest Kansas clients and helps them with wastewater application rates, surveying small projects, and compliance issues. She also assists clients with any water right questions they may have.
Prior to joining SEC in 2012, Susan worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for 19 years in various roles, including as a soil conservation technician and civil engineering technician. She brings to SEC extensive experience in irrigation scheduling, nutrient management plans, and the design of terraces, diversions and waterways.
“Being good stewards of the land is very important to me,” said Susan. “A lot of people outside of agriculture don’t understand that those in agriculture work very hard to be responsible.”
She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Fort Hays State University.
In her spare time, she works alongside her husband on their cow/calf operation. She also enjoys gardening and nature photography.