Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Launch June 14
The nomination period for USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committees runs June 14 through Aug. 1, 2019, and elections will take place starting in November.
County committees are unique to FSA and serve as a direct link between agricultural communities across the country and USDA. Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
Throughout the nomination period, we’ll introduce you to county committee members from around the nation. To see their stories and to learn more on FSA county committees, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Important Dates and Deadlines for Producers
|June 3, 2019||USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup|
|June 14, 2019||County Committee Nominations Open|
|June 17, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Spring Barley, Spring Forage Seeding, Spring Oats, Rye, Triticale, Spring Wheat|
|June 17, 2019||Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Enrollment Date|
|July 4, 2019||Offices Closed|
|July 15, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Corn, Soybeans, Perennial Forage, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and all other crops|
|August 1, 2019||Deadline for COC nominations|
|August 15, 2019||Final Reporting Date for Beans, Cabbage|
FSA's 2018 Farm Bill website
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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Farm Service Agency's home on the web. With over 7.8 million acres of farmland, 58,000 farms, and $1.9 billion in agriculture exports annually, Pennsylvania has a thriving and vibrant 'ag' industry. FSA County Offices located throughout the Commonwealth deliver a variety of congressionally authorized credit and commodity programs to all of Pennsylvania's farmers and producers. For fiscal year 2015, the Pennsylvania FSA provided over $113 million in farm assistance program and loan payments. Through the administration of these programs FSA works to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural Americans. See FSA At Work Across Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania's State Office is located in Harrisburg while our 37 County Offices serve the needs of local farmers and ranchers. Our staff work diligently in support of the FSA mission: equitably serving all farmers, ranchers and producers, and agricultural partners through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. Please visit our website periodically to obtain the most up-to-date agriculture information affecting you in Pennsylvania.
Front Row: State Executive Director Gary Groves, State Committee Chair Bonnie Wenger.
Gary Groves was appointed by the Trump Administration to serve as the State Executive Director of the Pennsylvania USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in November 2017.
Groves was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in Indiana. He attended the Purdue University College of Agriculture, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science.
After graduating from Purdue, Groves worked as a district manager for the Ralston-Purina company in the Purina Chow division. He went on to work in an AO Smith Harvestore dealership in Ohio, and later Pennsylvania. He then did sales and management leadership training for Sales Acceleration in Indiana. Since then, he formed his own consulting firm focusing on leadership training and recruiting. During the George W. Bush administration, Groves was appointed state director for Pennsylvania USDA Rural Development.
Groves has served on the Governor’s Rural Advisory Committee for Pennsylvania and is a past director of the Pennsylvania Draft Horse Association. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Children’s Service Center, an organization for troubled children in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Groves currently resides on a farm in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, were he breeds Belgian draft horses and raises lambs and cattle for 4-H projects for his grandchildren.
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the individuals who will serve on the Pennsylvania USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) state committee. The state committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs and county committee operations, resolving appeals from the agriculture community, and helping to keep producers informed about FSA programs.
Each state committee has five members, one chairperson and four members. The individuals appointed to serve on this committee include:
Committee Chair Bonnie Wenger - Lebanon
George Greig - Linesville
Doug Graybill - Granville Summit
Barron "Boots" Hetherington - Ringtown
Bill Hoover - Tyrone
Pennsylvania State Farm Service Agency
359 East Park Drive Suite 1
Harrisburg, PA 17111-2747