Steve Maurer, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Ohio, recently announced the reappointment of four FSA state committee members. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs, county committee operations, appeals, federal farm policy determinations and provides FSA program information to the general public and other agency stakeholders.
"In Ohio, the State Committee has a tremendous responsibility to be accountable for the use of taxpayer dollars as our Agency allocated more than $325 million in federal farm program benefits to producers statewide in fiscal year 2013," says Maurer. "These appointed individuals have proven they can be both fair and effective in their service to Ohio farmers and landowners."
The individuals reappointed to serve on this committee are:
•Robert Boggs (Chairperson) is from Ashtabula County and grew up on a small dairy farm. He served in elective politics for thirty- four years, serving in both the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate. In 2007, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Boggs as director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
•Bruce Long is from Clark County. Bruce and his wife Connie, have a row crop grain operation raising corn and soybeans. He has served with the Ohio Corn Marketing Board, the Ohio Livestock Coalition Board and the U.S. Grains Council.
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•Jim Rex is from Morgan Countyo. Jim and his wife Judy farm in partnership with their son Jason and wife Cherie and granddaughters in a beef cow-calf, stocker and feedlot operation.
•Jim Zumbrink is from Darke County and he has a farming operation, consisting of corn, wheat, soybeans and contract turkeys with Cooper Farms.
John Bresler has decided to step down after five years of dedicated service to the Ohio FSA State Committee. The administration is currently looking for a fifth state committee member to fill his position.
"I am grateful that our state committee members were reappointed and can continue their involvement with Ohio FSA," says Maurer." Through the efficient and equitable administration of price support, conservation, disaster assistance and farm credit programs, FSA promotes and protects agricultural practices to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for all consumers.
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