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Published November 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

Hall joins FSA Committee

Killdeer-area rancher Todd Hall said he’s excited to represent farmers from western North Dakota.

By: Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press

Killdeer-area rancher Todd Hall said he’s excited to represent farmers from western North Dakota.

Hall is one of four additions to the state Farm Service Agency Committee, and part of his duties will include helping implement federal agricultural programs.

“They have meetings all across the state,” Hall said. “I’m looking forward to it, because Aaron Krauter is the state director for the Farm Service Agency and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

Krauter, a regent, was named state executive director of FSA earlier this year.

North Dakota’s FSA State Committee makes important local decisions regarding USDA programs. Members also serve as a conduit between local producers and the USDA.

FSA is a division of the USDA, which serves to implement federal agriculture loan, conservation, disaster, energy and subsidy programs.

Sen. Byron Dorgan and Sen. Kent Conrad along with Congressman Earl Pomeroy announced Nov. 20 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture selected five North Dakota agriculture producers to serve on the committee.

Agriculture is the largest component to North Dakota’s economy, the delegation said in a joint statement.

“This group, with members from across North Dakota, will serve the state well,” according to their statement.

Hall said he’ll soon attend a meeting that will inform him of his specific roles and responsibilities as well.

“I’m a livestock producer predominantly, and this is the first time that I’m aware of that there’s been so many livestock producers on the FSA Committee,” Hall said. “In the farm bill that just came out, there’s more stuff in there dealing with livestock producers than ever before.”

Hall said his family has been involved in ranching since the 1800s. Hall has been ranching for about 15 years and runs a few hundred head of cattle. He ranches north of town and south of town, along with ranching near Mandaree.

He said he isn’t worried about being away from his ranch while serving.

“The committee meets certain times a month, it won’t be like I’m gone all the time, or so I’ve been told,” Hall said.

This is the first time serving in such a capacity, he said.

“There’s a wide range of challenges that we’re facing as an ag industry overall,” Hall said. “But there’s also opportunity out there and we need to sit down and work together on it.”

On the committee, Hall will be joined by farmers and ranchers from the Alamo, Towner, Grand Forks area and Valley City areas.

Hall said he is ready to step up and work for the good of the state and for the good of the industry.

“I’m very excited to be representing our area, in southwest North Dakota,” Hall said. “I’ll darn sure rise to the challenge.”