FSA community applications sought

CNJ Staff

Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency.

FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues, the news release said.

To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or cooperate 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.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.

All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A in which they agree to serve if elected.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business Aug. 1.

The county committee nomination period began June 15. Voting takes place in the fall. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 3 and must be returned by Dec. 4.

Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1.

Information, including nomination forms, is available at USDA Service Centers and at: