USDA Farm Service Agency Missouri Executive Director Edward Hamill has announced that county committee election nominations begin June 15. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the Aug. 1, 2011, deadline.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.
"County committee members are a valuable asset to our organization because they are local producers who participate in FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers and ranchers in the community," Hamill said.
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
County committees are comprised of three to five members elected by local producers. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office Jan. 2, 2012.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2011.
For more information about county committees, please contact your local FSA county office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.
Source: Missouri USDA-FSA office