Two special awards were presented by Farm Service Agency County Executive Director Rex Wittrock and Farm Loan Manager Bruce Storm.
Don Binder, Alta, received a gavel for 10 years of service on the Buena Vista County Farm Service Agency Committee. During that time, Binder represented Local Administrative Area #1 which includes Brooke, Barnes, Lee, Poland, Scott, and Lincoln townships.
He was succeeded by Ruth Mickelson, Rembrandt. She will represent Local Administrative Area No. 1 for a three-year term beginning Jan. 1.
Mickelson and her husband Roger have a corn and soybean farm operation near Rembrandt. The couple has five grown children. She has served as minority advisor to the FSA Committee since 1998. Mickelson is also active in community and church activities.
The County Committee oversees USDA farm programs administered through FSA. Other current committee members are Ray Anderson, Alta, and Gary Balder, Albert City.
Karen Widman, Storm Lake, also received a special award for her five years of service as a program technician at the Buena Vista County FSA office. It was noted that Diane Danielson, Albert City, who has served 20 years in that same position, will retire this spring and be honored at that time.