Raymond Anderson was recognized for 42 years of service with the Farm Service Agency. He was presented a gavel for 11 years as a member of the Buena Vista County FSA Committee, representing Area #3 which includes Elk, Nokomis, Washington, Maple Valley and Hayes Townships.
Anderson became an employee of the then Agriculture Stabilization Conservation Services (ASCS) in addition to operating his own farm.
His duties began with measuring government bins and land for set aside acres and working up to serving as county executive director for ASCS.
The work was always interesting and he most enjoyed meeting the people.
"One of the most interesting parts of the job was inspecting bee hives," he said.
At one time there were many farmers with hives. Chemicals used in spray killed off many of the bees one year and he had to make reports on the situation. He also recalls inspecting some 600 hives in one day, looking for the evidence that the chemical had killed the bees.
There have been many changes over the years including a name change. Farm Service Agency became the official name in 1995.
Rex Wittrock, executive director, said Anderson will be greatly missed.
"It will be a loss. He is a big asset to FSA. He knows the producers well and has a great deal of local knowledge."
Anderson served the maximum number of years as a member of the committee. He admitted he would miss being involved.
He and wife Shirley live at Alta. Jim Hultgren, Alta, was elected to succeed Anderson on the committee.