Community Agriculture Alliance: Daughenbaugh appointed to state FSA committee

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— Marsha Daughenbaugh, executive director of the Community Agriculture Alliance, has accepted an appointment by the Obama Administration to serve on the Colorado State Farm Service Administration State Committee. This committee provides oversight of the federal government’s agricultural offices throughout Colorado. Daughenbaugh will serve as chairwoman of the committee, which convenes every other month. She will continue to serve as executive director of the Ag Alliance.

The state FSA committee is composed of five representatives, each of whom is chosen to represent a specific geographic area of Colorado. To qualify for appointment to the committee, the candidate must show knowledge of agriculture, community participation and willingness to serve at the discretion of the current administration. The purpose of the committee is to oversee the administration of the USDA Farm Service Agency programs throughout Colorado’s 52 counties, support the staff in the county offices and make decisions regarding appeals from producers.

Daughenbaugh was a federal government employee in the Farm Service Agency for 25 years as a program technician in the Routt, Jackson, Grand and Summit County office in Steamboat Springs. She served on several state and national committees and training task forces, traveling in a variety of capacities.

Daughenbaugh works diligently throughout Northwest Colorado advocating the importance of agriculture, working landscapes and agricultural producers. Programs administered by the Ag Alliance include the North Western Colorado Bull Sale, Northwest Colorado Water Forums, Northwest Colorado Products Program, Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism, Cow Town Ranch Tours, “What’s in Our Foodshed?” forum, Hometown Holiday Gala, Cayuse Classic, Ranch Rendezvous, land stewardship courses and Routt Co­­­­­­unty Fair’s Horseshoe Pitch­ing Contest. More than 50 org­­­­­anizations partner with Ag Alliance to implement these programs, and Daughenbaugh has been instrumental with initiating and developing these relationships.

In other community service, Daughenbaugh was co-chairwoman of Vision 2030, a two-year effort of determining the concerns and wants of Routt County residents. The final report was completed in April and will serve as a guideline for elected officials, government agencies and civic organizations as they plan for the future.

Daughenbaugh was born, raised and continues to live on the family ranch in the Lower Elk River Valley west of Steamboat Springs. She and her husband of 37 years, Doc, are enjoying the return of their children to the community. Their daughter Adonna is president of the Steamboat Springs branch of Alpine Bank, and their son Nate is a veterinarian with Steamboat Veterinary Hospital. Adonna’s husband, Troy, is a certified welder and does creative work with horseshoes and agricultural themes. Grandchildren Leah and Levi are active 6- and 4-year-olds. All three families reside and work on the family’s ranch, which produces hay and leases pasture for cattle operations.

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