Farmers find new leader in federal agency serving Malheur County ag

Deborah Arntz stepped into the local Farm Services Director slot in April. (The Enterprise/ANGELINA KATSANIS).

ONTARIO – For a local resident the Farm Service Building across from the Ontario Municipal Airport can be one of those government buildings easy to miss.

But for a local farmer or rancher, the federal building is familiar.

“We’ve had almost every farmer in the county in here,” said Deborah Arntz, the new executive director of the agency.

Arntz, who stepped into the director’s position in April, is a veteran of the agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She began her career with the Farm Service Agency in Harney County more than two decades ago.

Arntz said she applied for a job at the Harney County Farm Service Agency to find . . .