WAYNE – Farm Service Agency County Committees consist of locally elected farmers and ranchers who apply their knowledge to administer FSA programs in their counties.
According to a release from Kristi Hanau, Wayne County FSA Executive Director, these committees operate within official federal policy and provide local input.
FSA is continually outreaching so committees are comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in agriculture. Producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency. Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers as well as landowners and/or operators who have limited resources.
Other minority groups including Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, African Americans, Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, persons under the poverty level and persons with disabilities are also considered underserved.
Wayne and Stanton County Committees each have three members representing a Local Administrative Area (LAA).
Wayne County FSA is located at 709 Providence Road in Wayne while the Stanton County FSA office can be found at 715 11th Street in Stanton.
This year’s elections include Wayne LAA 1 (Sherman, Deer Creek, Wilber and Strahan townships) and Stanton LAA 3 (Spring Branch, Elkhorn, Union Creek and Dimick townships).
The County Committee candidate nomination period is underway and will conclude on August 1, 2022. Candidates must meet qualifications standards, such as being a participant in a USDA Farm Service Agency program and living in the Local Administrative Area that is holding an election.
Find more information at fsa.usda.gov/elections.
The nomination period began on June 15, again the last day to file nomination forms is August 1; ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on November 7, the last day to return ballots to the local FSA county office will be December 5 and newly elected County Committee members will take office on January 1, 2023.
For those who are interested in attending or wanting to learn more about the County Committees, call 402-375-2453 in Wayne County or 402-439-2166 in Stanton County.