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New representative joins county commission for Weld Farm Service Agency

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By Ben Wiebesiek

GREELEY — Fort Lupton and southern Weld County will be represented by Jeff Cooksey in the Weld County commission for the Farm Service Agency.

The county committees of the FSA are where the federal policies of the United States Department of Agriculture get attention of local farmers and ranchers.

Weld County FSA Executive Director Jeff Wilson announced that county committee elections are over, the ballots are counted and the results are in.

  Cooksey, who works with Cooksey Farms near Roggen, was elected to represent Local Administrative Area Three, which includes Fort Lupton. 

Alex Swank of Keenesburg will serve as the first alternate and Nancy Sarchet will be the second alternate to the Weld County FSA committee.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.

  “County committee members are a valuable asset because they are comprised of local producers who participate in FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers and ranchers in the community,” Wilson said. “All recently elected county committee members and alternates will take office on February 18, 2014, and join the existing committee.”

Wilson described county committee members as a critical component of FSA operations.

“The election of agricultural producers to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with large or small operations,” Wilson said. “It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).”

 

Contact Ben Wiebesiek at 303-659-2522, ext. 205, or email bwiebesiek@metrowestnewspapers.com.