2013-01-03 / Front Page

Gerber retires, Will begins at FSA

By Terri Lang


Carol Gerber is retiring after over 20 years of service with USDA. Holly Will is taking her place as FSA Program Technician. Carol Gerber is retiring after over 20 years of service with USDA. Holly Will is taking her place as FSA Program Technician. After over 20 years of service with the United States Department of Agriculture, Carol Gerber retired at the end of 2012.

Gerber began her career with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS, not FSA) in Ashley as a part-time employee in 1988. She worked for ASCS until 1991 and then as a part-time employee for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) until 1992.

Gerber returned toASCS in 1992 as a full-time program technician. In 1995, she began working for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) in the farm loan program division.

In 2005, USDAnationwide restructured their organization, and several county office locations were combined. The Ashley FSA was one of those locations and was moved to Linton. Gerber transferred to Linton with that transition.


Holly Will lives on a farm near Hazelton with her husband, Jeremy, and their two daughters, 13-year-old Cassidy and 4-year-old Addison. Holly Will lives on a farm near Hazelton with her husband, Jeremy, and their two daughters, 13-year-old Cassidy and 4-year-old Addison. Gerber has lived and farmed in the Wishek area with her husband, Vernon, since 1974, and dairy farmed for over 30 years.

“Milking and working kept me very busy. We milked in the early morning, and then it was off to work at the office,” Gerber said.

She said she does not regret those years in dairy farming.

“One of the best things about milking was the time we had with our kids. We talked so much in that dairy barn,” Gerber said.

The Gerbers have two sons, Todd and Jason. Todd lives in Arizona with his wife, Jen, and their one-year old son, David. Jason lives in Virginia with his wife, Meagan.

Gerber said she has enjoyed her career with the federal government, and she will miss her job, the staff and the people she works with.

“I have met so many people, and farmers are such wonderful people to work with,” she said.

The Gerbers will continue to farm, but they plan to spend their winters in Arizona.

“We are going to be close to our family, including our grandson. We plan to enjoy time with them and do some traveling also,” Gerber said.

Holly Will

Holly Will has taken over Gerber’s position as program technician.

Holly (Robinson) Will was born and raised in Carrington and graduated from Carrington High School in 1999. She received her B.S. Degree in BusinessAdministration from the University of Mary in 2003.

After graduating from U-Mary, Will worked as the Manager of Third Party Administration Support Services for Verification, Inc., in Bismarck, until 2008.

In October of 2008, when her family moved to Emmons County, Will began employment as an eligibility worker for Emmons County Social Services and held that position until November of 2012.

Family

Holly married Jeremy Will in 2001. Jeremy is the son of Allen Will of Mandan and Diane Will of Sturgis, S.D., and the grandson of Phyllis Will of Hazelton and the late Herman Will. Jeremy is the Administrative Officer for Northern Great Plains Research Lab in Mandan.

In 2006, the Wills bought the family farm 11 miles southwest of Hazelton from Jeremy’s grandmother, Phyllis Will, who continues to reside on the farm.

“It was important to us to raise our girls in a small community like we were,” Will said.

The Wills have two daughters, 13-year-old Cassidy and 4-year-old Addison.

A New Opportunity

As a program technician, Will’s primary duties are farm loan program support and office organization.

“I feel this position is a natural fit with my previous work experience and business background,” Will said.

Will has been training with Gerber during the month of December, and she said the work has been very interesting.

“My husband and I have a ranch, and I had no idea there are so many programs available,” Will said.

She appreciates all the help and support she has received from Gerber and her boss, Spencer Larson.

“I am looking forward to my new position. Everyone has been so wonderful and welcoming,” she said.

Comments from Larson

“Carol will be missed by the staff and the farmers,” Larson said. “She has always been so helpful and considerate, and she went out of her way to meet their needs.”

Larson felt it was beneficial that Gerber was also an active farm wife.

“She had a good knowledge of farming and understood the situations farmers went through,” he said.

“Carol has always been hard-working, cheerful and pleasant. We wish her the best in her retirement,” Larson said.

Larson looks forward to working with Will.

“Holly’s education and degree in business administration is a big plus as it gives her a head start in dealing with loan making rules and procedures,” Larson said.

Larson anticipates Holly will be able to move into the position very well and will be ready for the assignments she is given.

“She is very enthusiastic about coming to work for our agency and is very eager to learn about her new duties,” Larson said. “We are glad to have her onboard.”

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