Producers and landowners must return their FSA county election ballots to the Grant County Farm Service Administration (FSA) office or have their ballots postmarked by December 5, 2022, in order for their votes to be counted.
To be eligible to vote, a producer must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation. The producer is eligible to vote even if he or she has not applied for or received FSA program benefits. Additionally, a producer who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts farming operations for an entire farm, is eligible to vote in this election. Grant County is divided into three LAAs or administrative areas that conduct alternating elections.
The Grant County FSA Committee has three elected members and one adviser. Its current members are Dustin Johnson, Tyler Grabow, and Adam Pauli. The adviser is Gail Barlund.
One position is now open in LAA 3 because Dustin Johnson, who has represented LAA3 for nine years, is no longer eligible to be nominated due to term limits. The two nominees in LAA 3 are Gail Barlund and Kadon Leddy. LAA 3 consists of Adams, Madison, Stockholm, Strandburg, Troy, and Vernon townships. The person elected will serve a three-year term and up to three consecutive terms.
Barlund has served on the Grant County FSA Committee as the county committee adviser since March 2020. Advisers are non-voting members who play an important role by providing diverse viewpoints and by representing the interests of minorities and women in the decisions made by the county committee. Gail and her husband, Doug, operate a multi-generation farming operation eight miles south of Milbank. They have three children and five grandchildren. Gail recently retired from Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative where she was employed as the office manager for 35 years.
Kadon Leddy is a farmer in rural Grant County and lives in Madison Township near Stockholm. Kadon is a livestock producer raises purebred cattle. He grew up on his family’s operation which also includes cropland that produces corn, soybeans, and hay. After graduating from Milbank High School, Kadon obtained a degree in agricultural business from South Dakota State University in 2020. He also works as a contract land appraiser and in seed stock sales.
If you are an eligible voter and did not receive a ballot in the mail, contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570.
Joel Foster, executive director of Grant County FSA, said, “The Grant County FSA Office would like to thank Dustin Johnson for his service to the producers of LAA 3.”
For more information please contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570, ext. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.