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Elections for the 2018 county committee

• Nov 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Elections for USDA’s Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Huron-Erie County Committee is under way.

It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA.

The 2018 election in Huron-Erie County will be conducted for the representative Local Administrative Areas:

Steve Gray; Steve resides in North Fairfield, and is seeking election to the Huron/Erie FSA County Committee. Steve will be finishing his first term on Jan. 1. Steve is seeking election for Local Administrative Area 3, which represents the townships of Fairfield, Fitchville, New London, Richmond, New Haven, Ripley and Greenwich. Steve has been farming the south-central area of Huron County for 45 years. He farms roughly 3,000 acres in a partnership with his brother. Together they raise corn, soybeans, and wheat. Throughout his life, Steve has been involved in the community through various avenues. He is currently a board member of Firelands Electric Co-op. Steve will be running unopposed.

Raymond Enderle; Ray lives in Huron, and is seeking election to the Huron/Erie FSA County Committee for Local Administrative Area 4, which represents the townships of Groton, Oxford, Huron, Perkins, Margaretta and Kelley’s Island. Ray is a third-generation farmer, he farms over 800 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat. Before focusing solely on grain farming, Ray and his father grew vine crops for nearly 15 years. Ray has been married to his wife Jessica for 33 years, together they have three children and are proud grandparents to six grandchildren. Ray is currently involved in the community through Farm Bureau and Gideons Ministry. Ray is seeking election for his first term on the Huron/Erie FSA County Committee.

Gordon Hahn; Gordon lives in Huron, and is also seeking election to the Huron/Erie FSA County Committee for Local Administrative Area 4, which represents the townships of Groton, Oxford, Huron, Perkins, Margaretta and Kelley’s Island. Gordon and his wife, Mary Ann, own and operate a two-hundred-acre diversified grain and vegetable farm. Together they have four children. In addition to raising corn, soybeans and wheat they also raise sweet corn, vegetables, and peaches. The produce raised is sold at their family operated roadside market.

Gordon graduated from Huron High School and Bowling Green University. His involvement in the community is extensive, he has served as a Huron Township Trustee, a board member of Huron Parks and Recreation, the Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau and is a volunteer youth basketball coach. Gordon is seeking election for his first term on the Huron/Erie FSA County Committee.

County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Huron and Erie Counties. County committee election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5. The last day to return completed ballots to the Huron-Erie County USDA service center is Dec. 3.

In other news...

2019 reporting of fall seeded crops: All producers are reminded that the acreage reporting date for fall seeded crops has changed and the acreage reporting date is Dec. 15. This applies to all fall seeded crops including fall barley, fall wheat and all other fall-seeded small grains. Please call to schedule an appointment to certify your wheat crop.

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USDA market facilitation program: USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, wheat, shelled almond and fresh sweet cherry producers. The sign-up period for MFP runs through Jan. 15, with information and instructions provided at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Eligible producers should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be issued once production is reported. A payment will be issued on 50 percent of the producer’s total production, multiplied by the MFP rate for a specific commodity. A second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA. Please call for an appointment.

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