Farm Service Agency committee incumbent Lisa Eisiminger’s current term is set to expire, and she’s been nominated for a second go-round on the committee that oversees FSA activities in the Imbler- Summerville-Elgin area.
The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency’s 2013 county committee elections are under way, with ballots mailed out and just one issue to be decided.
Committee incumbent Lisa Eisiminger’s current term is set to expire, and she’s been nominated for a second go-round on the committee that oversees FSA activities in the Imbler-Summerville-Elgin area.
The Imbler farmer is the only nominee on the ballot, though eligible voters could write in other candidates.
County Committee Executive Director Jennifer Isley said farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level.
She said committee members use 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.
“County committee members are an important component of the operations of the FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA,” Isley said.
Eisiminger, 50, was raised in the Rogue River Valley and met her husband, Dale, while both were attending Oregon State University in the 1980s. Both earned agricultural degrees. After their marriage, they moved to the Eisiminger farm about a mile north of Imbler.
They’ve worked on the farm ever since. These days they get help from their son, Jace, who recently graduated from Walla Walla Community College with a degree in diesel mechanics. They also employ a full-time farm hand. Eisiminger said the family farm is a sizable one that produces peppermint, grass seed, wheat and alfalfa.
“It’s enough to keep us busy,” she said.
Eisiminger has been active in several community causes over the years, notably Future Farmers of America. She is on the Imbler FFA committee, and also is a supporter of the FFA Alumni Association.
Eisiminger serves on the three-member FSA committee with Guy Weisharr and Terry Puckett. She said a big part of the committee’s job is reviewing applications from local farmers for various FSA programs.
She said committee members keep their ears to the ground, learning all they can about challenges for local agriculture. FSA has programs to help farmers impacted by weather events and other calamities.
“If we have knowledge of things going on, that information might be used for an emergency program,” Eisiminger said.
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 local administrative area 2 who do not receive ballots in the coming week can obtain ballots from their local USDA Service Center. Dec. 2, 2013, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers.
Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 2.
Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2014.