Wiebe elected to FSA committee

Ballot tabulation for the 2011 Farm Service Agency County Committee election resulted in Hillsboro-area producer Clark Wiebe being elected to serve a three-year term, beginning this month.

Wiebe joins other committee members Eldon Andres of rural Peabody and Monty Stuchlik of rural Lost Springs on the 2012 Marion County FSA Committee.

Wiebe succeeds Marvin Ratz?laff, who recently completed the limit of nine years service on the committee.

Farmer-elected county FSA committees serve as a vital link in the effective administration of USDA-related programs. Committees are responsible for carrying out federal farm programs in accordance with national guidelines and directives.

Duties include:

? Meeting periodically to make policy decisions, acting on cases involving individual farmers, and overseeing county office operations to assure funding is used effectively.

? Helping ensure farmer and public understanding of FSA programs through an effective information plan.

? Offering any necessary policy recommendations to the state FSA committee.

? Conducting hearings and investigations requested by the agency.

? Supervising the annual FSA county committee election.

We express our appreciation to voters who participated in the recent election. The county committee system can only work effectively with strong producer involvement.

Producers who may desire to meet with the Marion County FSA Committee during the year should schedule appointments through the county FSA office in Marion by calling 620-382-3714.

Also, producers should be aware during hazardous weather conditions this winter that FSA and Natural Resources Conservation Service management in local USDA service centers may need to temporarily close their offices to ensure the safety of employees as well as the public.

So, during intense sleet and snowfalls, or other similar storms, contact your county FSA office by calling 620-382-3714 prior to planning your actual visit to ensure that personnel will be there to assist you.

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