Jonathan Coppess, administrator of USDA's Farm Service Agency, reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. Coppess asks for your involvement this year and to nominate the candidate of your choice or nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee. Ballots will be mailed this November.
The FSA Administrator encourages the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as minorities and women. He says this is producer's opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in your county. FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs, and by working closely with county executive directors.
To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. All nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Monday. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.