Friday, September 21, 2012

Rotary hears from FSA's Bartenhagen

It was great to have Larry Fishback at Rotary this week! Maybe its the start of a trend.
Bill Bartenhagen with Terry Engelken (R) and Unnamed Rotarian Head (L)
Fishback's guest was Bill Bartenhagen, the Executive Director of the Washington County Farm Service Agency (FSA), an agency of the federal USDA.

Bartenhagen gave some great info about acres of soybeans and corn grown this year in Washington County, as well as the 40,000 acres entered into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). He noted that Washington County has as many CRP contracts as all of New York state, and more than 8 western states, combined! Takeaway --> Washington County farmers pay attention to conservation farming practices.

Bartenhagen also gave his insights into the pending reauthorization of the federal Farm Bill. Don't hold your breath for Congressional action to reauthorize this important legislation before the November election.

FSA Washington County office

It was also a treat to have visiting Wellman Rotarian, Barry Johnson, and immanent Washington Rotarian, Becky Harkema attending our club this week.

Thanks to Craig Davis for bringing Greg Holm, a brand new attorney who is joining Lloyd McConnell Davis & Lujan. Greg recently moved to Washington, where his father, Dr. Lloyd Holm, is a doctor in the Washington County Hospital's Women's Healthcare of Washington clinic.

Next week, Ed Raber will probably have a program. Hopefully, Susan Wellington will present the final financial report for the Turkey Dinner also. Looking forward to seeing Fishback next week too.