Oskaloosa, Iowa – The Mahaska County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office is pleased to announce that Julie Van Waardhuizen has been re-elected to serve a three-year term on the County Committee (COC). The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.
The national FSA office guides state and county offices in the implementation of farm programs legislated by Congress. Farmers who are eligible for FSA programs nominate and elect representatives in the local community to serve on the local FSA County Committee. This extensive county-based structure provides FSA a unique position from which to serve rural America.
Effective January 1, 2017, Ms. Van Waardhuizen will continue to represent Scott, Jefferson, West Des Moines, East Des Moines, Harrison and Cedar townships. She will continue to serve on the COC with E.T. (“Ted”) Ver Steegh and Gary DeGoey. Committee members help make decisions necessary to administer the programs in the county and provide local input on price support loans and payments,
conservation programs, disaster payments, emergency programs, and payment eligibility
FSA serves the public by providing all farmers and ranchers access and opportunity to participate in their farm programs. Through these activities, FSA supports the USDA mission and helps ensure a healthful, stable, accessible, and affordable food supply. FSA also fosters good land stewardship, which will help preserve our agricultural prosperity for generations to come.
To learn more information about the programs and services FSA has to offer, contact the Mahaska County Office at (641) 673-3476, Extension 2, or visit FSA online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.