Tony Tate, rural Decatur, retired after more than 41 years with the USDA in December.
Tate started his career as a trainee in Noblesville in 1971, and finished his training in Frankfort in 1972. After graduating from Ball State University, he started full time in 1973 in Shelbyville as a Soil Conservationist.
In 1974, he transferred to Richmond, then to Decatur in 1975 as District Conservationist.
Tate worked in Decatur for 31 years, until 2006 when he was transferred to Fort Wayne as Soil Conservationist. During 6 months of 2012 he was acting District Conservationist for Angola.
Tate worked in the Natural Resources Conservation Service division for his entire career. In his free time he plans to work on his street rod, travel with his wife Kathi, and spend time with his grandchildren.