By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Franklin County’s Farm Service Agency executive director has been selected as district director for the organization.
Layne Peterson, who has served locally for 27 years, took over on Monday in his new position. The southern Idaho director coordinates programs and supervises offices in Franklin, Bear Lake, Caribou, Oneida, Bannock, Cassia and Minidoka counties.
Peterson, who lives in the “Egypt” area east of Preston, said the district office is located in Pocatello. But he said he will remain a resident of Franklin County.
“I will stay in Preston and work out of the Pocatello office. I will work with all seven counties. A lot of my work is done on a laptop computer and cell phone. I will also be on the road a lot going to these other counties,” he said.
“There will be a lot of work implementing different aspects of the new Farm Bill that has just been passed by Congress,” he said.
Peterson said this appointment will create an opening for a Franklin County FSA director.
“We will fill the opening in the near future. We have notified personnel within the FSA organization of the vacancy,” he said.
“Peterson has actively served the farmers and ranchers of Franklin County. I look forward to working with him as he assumes the role of District Director in Southern Idaho,” said Aaron Johnson, Acting Executive Director for Idaho.
Peterson was raised on the family farm in southeast Idaho and considers himself an Idaho farm boy. The family farm is where he grew to love all aspects of farming and farmers. Hay, potatoes, sugar beets, dry beans and grain were all raised on his family’s farm. He graduated from Burley High School and then attended Brigham Young University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy.
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