Beginning November 4, farmers and ranchers in North King County will receive mailed ballots to vote in the Farm Service Agency County Committee elections. They will have until December 5, 2011 to return their ballots to the FSA office in Lake Stevens, WA.
Bobbi Lindemulder is competing for the County Committee position representing North King County, according to Melissa Michael, County Executive Director for the North Puget Sound. The portion of the county up for election is local administrative area #3.
Bobbi Lindemulder has been the lead farm planner at Snohomish Conservation District for almost 15 years. She has a degree in Range Resource Management from Montana State University. She has participated in or is a member of many committees locally and Statewide including: Snohomish County's Focus on Farming, Stillaguamish Clean Water District, Washington Association of Conservation District's (WACD) Livestock Committee, WACD Urban, Rural, and Coastal Committee, Washington State Employees Association (WADE) employee training committee, WACD Afo/Cafo Task Force, and WACD Technical Proficiencies Group, and King County Flood Committee. She is a past board member of the King Conservation District, and is currently a board member on the Northwest Agricultural Business Center. Bobbi and her husband, Chuck own and operate West Valley Beef, a 100 acre grass-fed beef operation in the Snoqualmie Valley, following a conversion from the family dairy operation that had been on site since the 30's. Their passion is to produce quality beef, haylage and hay and educating the general public on the importance of family farms and agriculture.
"Being able to elect peer representatives to guide federal farm programs locally is unique in the federal government," said Michael. “County Committees ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA programs. Voting helps guarantee the committee truly represents the agricultural producers in Snohomish County, and is knowledgeable about the issues committees face."
The three-to-five person committees are also the place that producers can appeal most agency decisions. Committees make decisions which impact program payments. Each county committee draws its members from local administrative areas. Nominated by local farmers and ranchers, candidates must live in the county or local administrative area they will represent and must be eligible to vote in the county election. Members serve on staggered three year terms so that one-third of the seats are up for re-election each year.
To be eligible to vote, producers must participate or cooperate in any Farm Service Agency programs, and be of legal voting age.
Newly elected committee members begin their term January 1, 2011. Additioanl information or ballots may be requested from the Farm Service Agency at 528 91st Ave NE STE B, Lake Stevens, WA 98258; 425-334-3131.