Thanksgiving Wishes from NASCOE President Dennis Ray

Happy Thanksgiving Rustic

As we head into the holiday season I would like to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that you enjoy some quality family time and make some lasting memories this holiday.  I hope that each of us can enjoy the holiday without the everyday stress of work and life making us lose sight of what we have to be thankful.  I am thankful for each of you and the difference you make in the lives of our producers, families and co-workers.  I am blessed to be part of such a great organization.

I know there are a lot of questions surrounding USDA reorganization and how that affects us moving forward.  The Secretary’s vision of providing the best customer service is something that I think we all can support.  We support that vision and believe that any reorganization should focus on FSA’s footprint and how that can be utilized to provide the best customer service.  The footprint of county offices is critical for servicing and delivering farm programs.

Recently, NASCOE Area executives have been encouraging members to submit negotiation items.  The negotiation process is one of the foundational principles of our organization.  It gives every member the opportunity to actively participate in the process by providing NASCOE with important program or procedure suggestions which they would like to see changed.  Members are encouraged to submit any items of concern using the online submission form on the NASCOE website.  These items are reviewed and vetted by the NASCOE negotiation team and then submitted to management for their consideration and response.  Any unresolved items will be negotiated face to face between NASCOE and management.

You should have also been seeing some reminders on Distinguished Service Awards and Scholarship deadlines.  The application is an online process and can be found on the NASCOE webpage under the Forms and Downloads tab.  NASCOE is full of deserving individuals who make significant contributions to NASCOE, Agriculture or their community.  If you have a deserving individual in mind, please take the few minutes needed to complete the nomination.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Dennis Ray
NASCOE President