Curtis and Julie Zerface live in Hillsboro. Curtis has worked in the Hillsboro field office of the USDA’s Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for 31 years. He has been responsible for administering many conservation-related U.S. farm bill programs. He also has been involved in a number of SCS projects, including administering the construction and contract cost sharing for large animal feeding operations; analysis of irrigation low-pressure systems; and fencing and watering systems for grazing.
Curtis is a 1984 NDSU graduate. Before joining the SCS, he worked for KT Irrigation and the Farmers Home Administration. He received the USDA’s Certificate of Merit for Sustained Superior Performance in 1989 and 1990, and the Certificate of Appreciation for CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) Administration in 1997.
Julie, a 1985 NDSU graduate, is a music teacher for kindergarten to grade six at Hillsboro Public School. She also is a USDA-NRCS volunteer, helping to plant and stake trees. In addition. she is secretary for the St. Rose of Lina Parish Church Council and St. Rose Altar Society; third-grade Confraternity of Christian Doctrine teacher; church organist and accompanist; and accompanist for elementary and high school regional and state music contests.
The Zerfaces have two children.