Nominations begin June 15 for Farm Service Agency county committees

    U.S. Department of Agriculture officials have announced the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees will begin Thursday, June 15.
    “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm.
    County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level.         Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
    Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.
    Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others.
    To be eligible to serve on a  county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program and reside in the local administrative area where the election is being held.
    FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 6. Ballots will be due back to the local county office by Dec. 4, and newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.
    All election nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1. Locate your local office at https://offices.usda.gov.

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