FARMINGTON – Rupert Pratt of Strong has been elected to serve on the Franklin County Farm Service Agency Committee. Pratt will represent the local administrative area, which includes the towns of Avon, Eustis, Kingfield, New Vineyard, Phillips, Rangeley, Strong and all unorganized townships in the northern part of Franklin County. Votes were counted on Dec. 6 at the USDA Service Center.

One hundred ballots were cast by eligible agricultural landowners and producers in the Local Administrative Area 1. Pratt received 47 votes, Ellen James 30 and Andrew Chase 23.

Pratt, a beef, maple syrup and hay producer, will serve on the county committee for a three-year term, beginning Jan. 1. Serving as Pratt’s first alternate to the county committee is James of Avon, a beef, vegetable and hay producer. Second alternate is Chase of Kingfield, a dairy, beef and hay producer.

Members of the 2006 county committee are L. Herbert York of Farmington, Russell Black of Wilton and Pratt.

The committee monitors the administration of farm programs in Franklin County. Their knowledge of the farming community, crop conditions and industry trends are invaluable in determining the actions to take to properly run the programs.

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