BUTLER, Pa. — Ballots for the Farm Service Agency (Butler, Beaver, Allegheny counties) county committee election were mailed out Nov. 4 for Local Administrative Area 2 and 4; however the ballots were printed incorrectly.
New ballots were recently mailed out to all eligible Farm Service Agency voters in LAA 2 and 4. Voters have until Jan. 17 to return their ballots to the county office.
Candidates on the ballot in Local Administrative Area 2, which covers Muddy Creek, Franklin, Lancaster, Connoquenessing, Center, Butler, Oakland, Summit, Donegal and Clearfield townships, in Butler County, are:
- Leroy Bergbigler, a dairy farmer in Clearfield Township, grows hay, corn, oats, and soybeans and milks about 100 cows.
- Janet Jesteadt, and her husband Bob, own and operate their farm, Jesteadt Acres, in Muddy Creek Twp., Butler Co. They raise beef cattle and operate a butcher shop and produce soybeans, corn, oats and hay.
They are members of the Butler County Farm Bureau.
- Harold Rader and his wife, Barb, farm around 250 acres, in Connoquenessing Township, Butler County. They raise corn, oats, soybeans, wheat and hay and have 30 brood cows and have 15-20 dairy heifers.
Candidates on the ballot in Local Administrative Area 4, which is Beaver County, north of the Ohio River are:
Elder Vogel Sr., owns and operates about 400 acres in New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, with his family. They milk between 40-50 registered Holstein cows and maintain about the same number of young stock. They grow corn, oats, and wheat along with hay for the cattle feed.
They belong to the Pa. Grange, Pa. Holstein Association, Pa. Farm Bureau and our church.
- Michael Carreon has a farm in Darlington Twp., Beaver County. It is the old McRoberts Dairy Farm, which he runs with his brother-in-law. Theyplant a corn, soybean rotation utilizing both minimum and no-till practices. They also make hay.
They run an Angus influenced cow/calf operation as well on a rotational grazing system. Carreon is a member of both the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Pennsylvania Cattlemen’s Association.