SKOWHEGAN — LaRoy Sevey of Ripley, a well-known Somerset County dairy farmer, has been named as a member of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Committee. He was selected by delegates to the Somerset County ASC convention which was held last month in Skowhegan.
Delegates also elected Leonard Chadbourne and Charles Randall, both of Newport, to terms as first and second alternates.
Sevey operates a dairy farm in Ripley. In 1981, the Soil and Water Conservation District named him Outstanding Conservation Farmer of the Year.
Sevey was first elected to the ASC community committee in 1963. Since that time, he has served 27 years, nine of which were as a county committee member. Sevey will relinquish his position as chairman of Community D, moving the succeeding members up and leaving the position of second alternate vacant.
Chadbourne also operates a dairy farm and has served 20 years on the community committee since first being elected in 1970.
Randall, who also is a dairy farmer, was first elected to the committee in 1972 and has served 20 consecutive years.
Maynard Frith of Athens, a dairy farmer, was elected to served as chairman of the county committee. Frith and his wife, Marlene, were named Outstanding Conservation Farmers by the SWCD in 1989. He has served on ASC committees for 20 years.
Sevey was elected vice chairman and Michael Holt of Canaan was voted to regular membership. Holt and his father, Omar Holt, were named as Outstanding Conservation Farmers in 1984-85.
Holt has served eight years on the community committee and one year on the county committee. All terms began on Jan. 1, 1992.
The county ASC committee is responsible for local administration of all government farm programs and operates under the guidance of the State ASC Committee, as well as federal laws and regulations. The committee plays a role with the Somerset County farmers that includes reviewing and approving federal funds spent and monitoring the eligiblity of program participants in Somerset County.