Chuck Bigler has been re-elected to serve a three-year term on the Wyandot County Farm Service Agency County Committee.
Farm owners and operators in Crawford, Ridge, Sycamore and Tymochtee townships participated in the election to nominate and elect their local area representative to the county committee. The FSA administers many programs offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program and Marketing Assistance Loan Program.
The county committee assists in administering and setting policies for these programs in Wyandot County. Appreciation goes to Adam Brodman, Tim Baum and Donna Tschanen for also running in this election.
At the county committee meeting on Dec. 10, the Wyandot County FSA also appointed Deb Mullholand as acting director, based on the retirement Monday of Vicki Orians, the current county executive director.
For more information about FSA programs, contact the Wyandot County FSA at 419-334-6330, ext. 2 or visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/pas.
Farewell FSA and farmer friends
Christmas Day in 1994 was my first day as manager at the Wyandot County Farm Service Agency. Now, 18 years later, the absolute best vocation — working with our local farmers and the talented staff at Upper Sandusky USDA Service Center — will be ending.
For 10 years before, occupations ranged from helping on the family grain and livestock farm, to working as program assistant at Wyandot County’s then-ASCS office, traveling across Ohio as a manager trainee and being assigned in Columbus at the FSA state office. What better opportunity could one ask for but to observe farming and farm programs in other areas, while meeting many rural and urban individuals associated with agriculture?
Missing these fine agricultural associates will be certain, but there are plans galore to implement once retirement opens the freedom to travel and get back to the land. This woman started life wanting to be a farmer, was lucky to marry a farmer and then continue with a career in agriculture. Now, the journey rambles on into the sunset. Blessings!
By VICKI D. ORIANS