President's Update #11
National Convention is fast approaching next week in Washington, D.C. If you are planning to attend, remember to bring your LINCPass Card for access!
The following members have announced their candidacy for office:
President: John Gehrke, Farm Loan Specialist, Illinois
Vice President: Theresa Windham, District Director, Georgia
Secretary: Ray Bartholomew, Farm Loan Manager, Kansas
Treasurer: Ryan Lukassen, Farm Loan Specialist, New Mexico
Zone A Representative: Casey Toyne, Farm Loan Specialist, Colorado
Zone B Representative Joseph Grier, Farm Loan Manager, Texas
Zone C Representative: Jeremey Burner, Farm Loan Manager, Virginia
Zone D Representative: Cheryl Brooks, Farm Loan Officer, Arkansas
I want to strongly encourage all members to make sure they follow the happenings of NACS on our website at www.nacs-fsa.org and our Facebook page, NACS - FSA. Look for real-time updates and videos during the week of National Convention on our website and Facebook page.
This past week, I had the opportunity to represent you at the Managerial Cost Accounting (MCA) Governance Board's Working Group in Washington, D.C. This group has been re-established to review the processes, procedures, and input to the MCA System. We had great discussions both as a large group and in small break-out sessions. The calculations and methodology used to develop the model result in a large project with many components to consider. I provided a field employee's perspective and a broad spectrum of knowledge from across the nation so your voice would be heard. It is important everyone understand how essential it is to accurately record programs and activities in WebTA, as the data is not only used to calculate staffing levels but also the production rate at which we do our jobs. The data is very informative in showing where county offices need more resources and/or training in order to successfully serve America's farmers and ranchers.
A formal report will be compiled in the coming weeks to summarize the details and recommendations of the meeting, which will go out to all employees. Donald Dunn, NADD President; Susan Long, NASE Vice President; and I also plan to provide a short briefing of the working group meeting at National Convention.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Lisa A. Liska
LeAnn is a Farm Loan Chief from New Mexico. She was elected NACS President at the June 2019 Convention.