The Tama County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office is welcoming back Dorothy Backen as a member of the County Committee. The Farm Service Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides financial assistance through disaster assistance, conservation, commodity and price support programs, and farm loans.
Backen's term begins on Feb. 18, and represents Carlton, Columbia, Highland, Howard, Indian Village, Richland, and Tama-Toledo townships. Committee members help make decisions necessary to administer the programs in the county and provide local input on price support loans and payments, conservation programs, disaster payments, emergency programs, as well as payment eligibility determinations.
She will work directly with the farmers of Tama County. The other County Committee members are Calvin Dostal and Glenda Devick. Tama County has approximately 2,515 farms with 2,746 farm operators and/or owners. Tama County has over 462,000 acres in cropland.
The national FSA office guides state and county offices in the implementation of farm programs legislated by Congress. Farmers who are eligible for FSA programs nominate and elect representatives in the local community to serve on the local FSA County Committee. This extensive county-based structure provides FSA a unique position from which to serve rural America.
FSA serves the public by providing all farmers and ranchers access and opportunity to participate in their farm programs. Through these activities, FSA supports the USDA mission and helps ensure a healthful, stable, assessable, and affordable food supply. FSA also fosters good land stewardship, which will help preserve our agricultural prosperity for generations to come.
To learn more information about the programs and services FSA has to offer, contact the Tama County Office at (641)484-2701 or visit FSA on-line at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.