WAYNE – Nominations will begin to be accepted in mid-June for county committee members for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA).
According to a release from the United States Department of Agriculture, ag producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.
FSA Administrator, Richard Fordyce encourages America’s farmers, ranchers and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their county committee.
Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community are serving on FSA county committees. The committees are made up of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms.
Producers should visit their local FSA office to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. Check with your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.
To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019.
Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019. An election timeline and other information can be found at this link.