Dale grew up on a diversified farm near Hays, Kansas, and received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Fort Hays State University. He has worked for Kansas NRCS in western Kansas for the last 31 years has been in his current position as the Soil Health Specialist since 2014. His primary responsibility is to provide technical assistance on cropping systems that improve overall soil health to NRCS field staff and producers across western Kansas. Dale also owns and operates a farm in Ellis and Rush County, Kansas, where he uses a diverse and intensive no-till cropping system that includes several different cash crops along with cover crops. He and his two sons also operate a custom farming business in Ellis and surrounding counties.