Our primary mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is to assist Alaska farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs administered by FSA such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, reimbursable transportation cost payment program (RTCP) or other available resources. The hard-working men and women of Alaska’s FSA county offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local FSA office on how we can be of service. Our user friendly web site can help you learn more about FSA programs and services.
Alaska State Farm Service Agency
800 W Evergreen, Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
Bryan J Scoresby
Committee Chair Scott Mugrage - Delta Junction
Joe Orsi - Juneau
Richelle Plummer - Matanuska Valley
Al Poindexter - Kenai Peninsula Lorne White - Kodiak
The three-member Northern and Southern County Farm Service Agency committees will meet as announced. A notice will be posted in the monthly State newsletter announcing the next scheduled meeting.
Rebecca Hammond, LAA-1
Steven Helkenn, LAA-2
Robert Green, Chair LAA-3
Rita Jo Shoultz, LAA-1
Abby Ala, LAA-2
Janet Dinwiddie, Chair LAA-3
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.
For more information about county committees, please contact the Northern County FSA office at 907-895-4242 and the Southern County FSA office at 907-761-7754 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or www.fsa.usda.gov/ak.
The Reimbursement Transportation Cost Program (RTCP) signup ended on September 6, 2019. This program covered transportation expenses incurred from October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. If you applied for the RTCP program, and have not turned all your receipts in to the FSA office, now is the time to do so. Applicants will have until COB on Nov. 1, 2019, to provide supporting documentation. If you have any questions, contact your local FSA office.
For more information on RTCP, farmers and ranchers in the eligible areas can visit their FSA county office or the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/pricesupport. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.
The 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections will begin on Nov. 4, when ballots will be mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is Dec. 2, 2019.
County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, may also be eligible to vote.
Eligible voters in the Northern County local administrative area (LAA 1) and the Southern County local administrative area (LAA 2), who do not receive a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center.
Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2020.
The following are this year’s candidates who have been nominated in their LAA’s to serve as a committee member. All candidates have agreed to serve if elected.
Northern County LAA-1 Includes the area that encompasses the following areas: North Slope, Northwest Arctic, Yukon-Koyukuk and Nome Census areas, as well as the Denali and Fairbanks North Star Borough.
McLaren “Mac” Carter resides in Central, AK, a diversified farmers market vegetable producer who raises a large variety of crops from tomatoes to potatoes and has lived and farmed in the Central, Alaska community for 23 years. The Carter’s are very involved with the community and each year celebrate an annual bringing in of the crops through a community festival for the whole area.
Rebecca “Becky” Hammond resides on an 80 acre farm east of Fairbanks, AK. For many years produced brome hay on their farm to feed their animals. Currently raises angora goats, merino sheep, and angora rabbits for fiber and meat. She also raises poultry for show, eggs, and meat. Becky stays very busy processing fibers by hand spinning, hand dying, and creating different wares from the fiber.
Mark W. Kern resides on Eielson Farm Road in Salcha, AK. Mark has a small farm that has produced grass hay and raised animals. Mark actively supports agriculture in Alaska.
Election Ballots will be Counted in Public at the Northern County FSA Office at 10:00 a.m. on December 5, 2019.
Southern County LAA-2 Includes the municipality of Anchorage, Valdez/Cordova Census area south of Chugach Mtns. Kenai Peninsula Borough north of Kasilof River.
Abby Ala, a 2nd generation farmer in Soldotna on land that has been in her family for over 71 years. Abby operates a greenhouse, producing vegetables for local restaurants, markets and CSA.
Amy Daugherty has been a resident of Southeast Alaska for 45 years. She and her husband owned and operated Merryweather Farm in remote Gustavus, near Glacier Bay National Park for seven years. Their farm sold to inns, restaurants and local food enthusiasts at farmer’s market type venues.
Election Ballots will be Counted in Public at the Southern County FSA Office at 2:00 p.m. on December 5, 2019.
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Subscribers Can Receive Important Program Reminders and Updates
Farmers and ranchers in Alaska now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone.
Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go. Producers will receive text messages regarding important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events and updates.
Producers can text AKDeltaJunction or AKPalmer to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from the Northern and Southern County Offices. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any time.
Please contact Lloyd Wilhelm, Northern County Executive Director, at (907) 895-4242, email@example.com. or Erin Sturdivant, Southern County Executive Director, at (907) 761-7754 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions regarding FSA’s email news service or text message option.
Are you a farmer or rancher who has substantially participated in a farming operation for at least three but no more than 10 years? Or are you a woman or minority-owned agricultural business? If so, you may qualify for beginning farmer or socially disadvantaged targeted loan funds with the Farm Service Agency. The USDA/Farm Service Agency makes both direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain financing from commercial credit sources. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. The loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.
If you believe this program could be of benefit to you, please contact the Farm Service Agency Northern County Office at (907) 895-4242 or call (907) 761-7754 to reach the Southern County Office for more information. FSA loan officials will be happy to arrange an appointment to meet with you and discuss your options.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.
It is the responsibility of the producer to notify FSA throughout the year of any changes in farming operation or entity status. Please remember to update FSA records if you move or change your mailing address.