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FSA State Committee members reappointed


Francie Tolle, executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency, announced the reappointment of the current five-member State Committee. The State Committee is responsible for the oversight of farm programs, county committee operations, appeals, and federal farm policy determinations. They also provide FSA program information to the general public and other Agency stakeholders.

"I am grateful that our committee members were reappointed and can continue their involvement with Oklahoma FSA," said Tolle. "Their contribution to the Agency has had a positive impact on our programs, producers and employees, and I am certain that we will have another successful year of delivering federal farm programs."

The individuals reappointed to serve on this committee include the following:

Cletus Carter (chairperson) from Beaver County, Okla., owns a farming and ranching operation and farm consulting business. He has served on the Beaver County and Northwest Oklahoma Community Development Council and also held a position on the Deans Advisory Council in Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Steve Nunley, a farmer/rancher from Marlow, Okla., has served as a board member on the Stephens County Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation. He has been awarded the Oklahoma Young Farm Family of the Year Award and National Western Region Dairy and Crop Production Proficiency Award.

Brenda Neufeld from Fairview, Okla., is an integral part of her family farm where she is involved in the production of dairy quality alfalfa hay, wheat and cattle. She also serves as a tax accountant for Curtis D. Karber & Associates. In addition, Neufeld is active in her local community serving as Major County Progressive Farmer Safety Day coordinator, Ag in the Classroom presenter, teacher tour host and an active member of the Major County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.

Steve Butler from Wagoner, Okla., served on the Wagoner County FSA Committee for more than two decades before his appointment to the Oklahoma FSA State Committee. Butler previously served on the USDA State Committee from 1993 to 2000. In addition to his public service, Butler has owned and operated a dairy farm since 1971. After attending Texas Tech University and Northeastern State University, Butler joined the U.S. National Guard.

Jack Sherry from Holdenville, Okla., has a diversified farming and ranching operation in Hughes County. In addition, he owns a real estate and investment firm. He has been, and is currently active in local boards such as Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Cattlemen's, Young farmers, Chamber of Commerce, school boards and various others. Sherry believes that the position of State Committee member is vitally important and strives to be fair and effective to all regions of the state.

"In Oklahoma, the State Committee has a tremendous responsibility to be accountable for the use of taxpayer dollars as our Agency allocated more than $422 million in federal program benefits to producers statewide in fiscal year 2010," said Tolle. "These appointed individuals have proven they can be both fair and effective in their service to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers."

Through the efficient and equitable administration of price support, conservation, disaster assistance and farm credit programs, FSA promotes agricultural practices to ensure a safe, affordable, abundant and nutritious food supply for all consumers.

For more information on FSA programs, visit your local county FSA office or visit online at www.fsa.usda.gov/ok.

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