JUNEAU - The Farm Service Agency office in Dodge County is currently holding an election for a position on the local County Committee to represent producers in the townships of Leroy, Lomira, Williamstown, Theresa, Hubbard, Herman, Rubicon and Ashippun, according to Susan Blachowiak director of the FSA.

The FSA county committee system gives local farmers a say in how farm programs are administered at the grass-roots level.

Ballots were sent to all eligible voters in these townships (landowners and operators) to elect an active producer to serve a three-year term on the local FSA County Committee starting Jan. 1. Dec. 3 is the last day for ballots to be returned either in person or postmarked.

The following is information about each of the candidates in their own words.

Melissa Oechsner resides in the town of Williamstown. She was raised on a dairy farm just outside of Brownsville, where she was active in 4-H, showing dairy cattle at the county and state level. She has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She did accounting work for a few small businesses and helped on the farm on nights and weekends. Melissa is married to Andy and they have three children; Kaitlyn, Blake and Hunter. They have owned and operated their farm for 8 years, which is located just outside of Mayville. They currently milk 120 cows with Lely Robotic milkers.

James Qualmann resides in the town of Hubbard. He has been a dairy farmer all his life and in the last fifteen years a grain farmer. He was born, raised and owns and operates the family farm. He strip-crops, plus he has tiled and installed waterways on his farm. He currently no-tills wheat and soybeans. James lives next to the church which he has been a life-long member. In addition he has been a member of the Iron Ridge Fire Department for 35 years.

Rodney Rex resides in the town of Hubbard. He has farmed for 40 plus years producing alfalfa, corn, oats and soybeans on 300 acres. He also has a dairy herd of 77 Holsteins and Jersey cross cows. He also has about equal number of heifers and steers. Rodney is the President of Rexdale Inc., and is an active member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and the Dairy Herd Improvement Association.

For more details, call the Dodge County FSA office at 386-9999, visit the officer at 451 W. North St. Juneau, or go to www.fsa.usda.gov/wi.

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