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June 20, 2006
Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said Monday that farmers can now nominate people from Local Administrative Area 1 to serve on the agency's county committee. The area is all of the county west of Interstate 81. Nominations can be filed through Aug. 1 at the FSA office in Suite 107 at 1260 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown. The election will be this fall. The committee helps make decisions to administer federal farm programs offered here and helps ensure programs serve local needs.
NEWS
July 24, 2007
Farmers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates from Local Administrative Area 3 to serve on the local FSA county committee. Area 3 is the part of Washington County that is south of Md. 68 and south of Alt. U.S. 40 at Boonsboro. "I encourage all producers to get involved by nominating eligible candidates to serve on the county committee," said Colleen Cashell, executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency here. "Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates.
NEWS
June 17, 2008
Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said farmer candidate nominations are now being accepted for local Farm Service Agency committees. In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area No. 2, which is the part of the county east of Interstate 81 and north of Md. 68 from Williamsport and Alternate U.S. 40 at Boonsboro. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1. Elections take place this fall. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
NEWS
April 18, 2006
COLUMBIA, Md. - The executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland said Washington County and two others in the state are eligible for emergency loans because of drought-related problems nearby last year. State Director Elizabeth Anderson said that counties in West Virginia were designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that began occurring a year ago. As a result, Anderson said, farms in the adjacent counties of Washington, Allegany and Garrett also sustained crop production losses.
NEWS
by ARNOLD S. PLATOU | February 7, 2006
arnoldp@herald-mail.com A proposal to merge local Farm Service Agency offices, hastily abandoned last year amid outrage from farmers and Congress, is back on the table again, officials said. This time, FSA officials are promising to be much less aggressive --- even as they point out that the offices have too few trained employees and some computers so old they can't connect to the Internet. "I sincerely believe we can restructure and do a better job," Teresa Lasseter, the new Farm Service Agency administrator for the U.S., told The Associated Press.
NEWS
November 28, 1998
Four local farmers are running for a seat representing the southern part of Washington County on the county Farm Service Agency. Three positions as alternates are also open. Ballots must be delivered to the local FSA office by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1, or postmarked no later than Dec. 1. The office is in Suite 107 at 1260 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown. The four nominees are: - Monica Marker, who lives on Rohrersville Road in Rohrersville. She produces fruits and vegetables, corn, soybeans, hay and beef.
NEWS
June 19, 2007
Farmers can nominate candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees from now through Aug. 1, according to an FSA official in Washington County. The election for Local Administrative Area 3 is this fall, said Colleen Cashell, county FSA executive director. Area 3 is the part of the county south of Md. 68 and south of U.S. Alt. 40 at Boonsboro. "We have seen the number of minority and women producers being nominated increase significantly in recent years, and FSA would like to see that trend continue," Cashell said.
NEWS
September 25, 2007
ANNAPOLIS - Elizabeth Anderson, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland, says FSA is hoping to get more women, ethnic and minority farmers in the state involved in its programs. "FSA programs are available to all producers but we would like to increase participation by traditionally underrepresented groups in all program areas," Anderson said. She said FSA also reserves a portion of its direct and guaranteed loan funds each year for SDA loans for eligible participants.
NEWS
May 17, 2006
A local USDA Farm Service Agency official reminded agricultural producers Monday they have until June 1 to complete their annual sign up for the 2006-crop Direct and Counter-cyclical Payment Program (DCP). The 2002 Farm Bill requires that producers sign annual contracts through 2007 to participate in DCP, said Colleen Cashell, executive director for FSA in Washington County. She said producers may choose not to participate in DCP in any year. "This program plays an important role in the viability of rural communities across the county.
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June 18, 2012
The Washington County Farm Service Agency reminds farmers the nomination period for the County Committee election opened June 15 and runs until Aug. 1. This year's election is for farmers in local administrative area No. 1, which is the area defined as all of the county west of Interstate 81. To be eligible to serve on a committee, an individual must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election...
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NEWS
July 16, 2010
GERRARDSTOWN, W.Va. -- A farm loan manager with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency's office in Martinsburg died Thursday when a car collided with the motorcycle he was riding on W.Va. 45 in southwestern Berkeley County. David E. Kessel, 51, of 201 Victoria Drive, was on his way to a dairy farm to count cattle that were going to be milked at 4 p.m., his wife, Tammy Kessel, said Friday. Kessel's 1999 Triumph motorcycle collided with a 1992 Honda Accord driven by Jessica Faircloth of Martinsburg at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. W.A. Johnson.
NEWS
June 29, 2010
Farmer candidate nominations began June 15 for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Monday, Aug. 2, with the election taking place by mail ballot between Friday, Nov. 5, and the close of business on Monday, Dec. 6. In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area No. 3, which is the part of the county west of Interstate 81 and south of Md. 68 running southeast from Williamsport and...
NEWS
December 26, 2009
Cornerstone Wealth Management Group Cornerstone Wealth Management Group, a Hagerstown-based wealth management firm, recently completed a successful clothing drive for Children in Need, a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Through a monthlong initiative, Cornerstone Wealth Management Group collected more than 18 bags of clothing and raised more than $3,000 from 47 families and nine businesses throughout Washington County. The donations were presented to Anne Martin, director of Children in Need, at Cornerstone's annual client holiday brunch on Dec. 11. The clothing drive marks the second consecutive year that Cornerstone Wealth Management Group has taken the time to help others.
NEWS
December 22, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's dairy farmers will get temporary relief from low milk prices thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's release of $290 million for loss assistance payments, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said Monday. The Dairy Economic Loss Assistance Program, or DELAP, will provide a one-time payment to eligible producers based on the amount of milk both produced and commercially marketed by their operation from February to July 2009. "Many of Pennsylvania's 8,600 dairy farmers face significant financial problems, having a negatively impact on our communities and our economy," Rendell said.
NEWS
February 10, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will offer lamb producers, feeders and first handlers the opportunity to vote in a nationwide referendum on whether to continue or terminate the Lamb Promotion, Research and Information Order, authorized under the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. The referendum will be held through Feb. 27. The referendum will be conducted at the USDA's Farm Service Agency local county offices. To be eligible to vote, persons must provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, that shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding or slaughtering of lambs from Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2008.
NEWS
January 29, 2008
ANNAPOLIS - Elizabeth Anderson, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Maryland, says FSA is reaching out to women, ethnic and minority farmers in the state in an effort to get more of them involved in its programs. "FSA programs are available to all producers but we would like to increase participation by traditionally underrepresented groups in all program areas," Anderson said. FSA defines a socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer as one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of his or her identity as a member of the group without regard to his or her individual qualities.
NEWS
October 30, 2007
Colleen Cashell, county executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County announced that eligible farmers who suffered losses of quantity of their crops due to natural disaster weather-related events in 2005 or 2006 or on crops planted before Feb. 28, 2007, can enroll in the Crop Disaster Program 2005-2007 at local FSA service centers. FSA will announce and conduct sign-up for quality losses under CDP as soon as possible. FSA offices may accept information from producers about quality losses when producers submit applications for quantity losses.
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