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Woonsocket, July 20 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program, including the current Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.

Kathy Torres, Executive Director for FSA in Sanborn County, said each year an election is held in a Local Administrative Area (LAA) where a committee member’s three-year term is expiring. For 2020, an election will be held in LAA 3, which includes the townships of Butler, Elliott, Letcher, Logan, and Union. 

“The Aug. 3 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Torres. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, contact your FSA office before the deadline to submit the nomination form. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county.”

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms. Producers serving on FSA county committees play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the LAA where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. 

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 3. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 2. 

In the early 1900s, farmers of the Midwest became upset with what they saw as big business-owned elevators and railroad monopolies cheating them out of hard-earned money by buying low from producers and selling high to customers. This brought about the rise in popularity of the Nonpartisan League, which was a political organization of farmers. The national Nonpartisan League only allowed farmers to become members of the organization, but also worked cooperatively with workmen and laborers. According to an article published in the June 24, 1920, Sanborn County Herald-Times, there were over 200,000 members across more than a dozen states. 

The League’s platform stated that a state-owned system including a terminal elevator and flour mill, a state-owned cattle slaughtering plant, state inspection of grain, state hail insurance and low interest loans from rural-credit banks would create a fairer place for farmers to sell their product and thrive in their businesses. In the Dec. 4, 1919, issue of the Sanborn County Herald-Times, it is quoted that “the farmers’ organizations never have, nor do they now demand anything more than the all-round square deal.”

The Nonpartisan League controlled North Dakota state politics from 1916 to 1921. According to ndstudies.gov, the founding organizers were Albert Bowen and Arthur C. Townley, who previously helped organize the Socialist Party in North Dakota. According to Chris Maier in his article “The Farmers’ Fight for Representation: Third-Party Politics in South Dakota, 1889-1918, “farmers who felt abused by the capitalist elite” liked the ideas of the Nonpartisan League and those it endorsed. The League’s influence led to the establishment of the State Mill and Elevator and the State Bank in North Dakota. 

The Nonpartisan League gained traction in many states besides North Dakota, and notably, in South Dakota. Townley traveled from community to community in a Model T, visiting with farmers and drumming up support. In order to make more appearances in a day, Townley later began using an airplane to travel to his various events. 

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

TEMPE, ARIZ. – Wrap Technologies, Inc., an innovator of modern policing solutions, reported Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department is the first agency in the state of South Dakota to purchase the BolaWrap remote restraint device. Currently, more than 150 law enforcement agencies across 37 states in the US are carrying BolaWrap devices.

“The BolaWrap is a tool that will assist law enforcement in doing their jobs smarter and safer,” said Sheriff Tom Fridley of Sanborn County Sheriff’s Department. “It will help us end a situation peacefully without having to use a higher level of force that may hurt someone.”

Mike Rothans, Chief Operating Officer of Wrap technologies added, “We are excited to see agencies in new states adopt the BolaWrap onto their duty belt. With states opening, we are seeing increased sales and training activity, and I believe other cities and counties will follow Sheriff Fridley’s leadership in working toward a safer end to police encounters.”

Wrap Technologies is an innovator of modern policing solutions. The Company’s BolaWrap 100 product is a patented, hand-held remote restraint device that discharges an eight-foot bola style Kevlar® tether to restrain an individual at a range of 10-25 feet. Developed by award winning inventor Elwood Norris, the Company’s Chief Technology Officer, the small but powerful BolaWrap 100 assists law enforcement to safely and effectively control encounters, especially those involving an individual experiencing a mental crisis. For information on the company, please visit www.wraptechnologies.com.

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