Farm Service Agency county committee nominations deadline Aug. 1
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[July 27, 2011]
SPRINGFIELD -- The USDA Farm Service
Agency state executive director, Scherrie Giamanco, reminds farmers,
ranchers and landowners to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to
serve on their local FSA county committee by the Aug. 1 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 because they are local producers who participated in
FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers and
ranchers in the community," Giamanco said. "I would like to see a
high level of participation in this year's nomination and election
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
Giamanco said it's important that the county committee reflects
the demographics and agricultural interests of the community these
"I strongly encourage all producers, including women, minority
and beginning farmers and ranchers, to participate in the nomination
and election process," she said.
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.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA
Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.
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Dates to remember:
Aug. 1: Last day to
file nomination forms at the local FSA office.
Nov. 4: Ballots
mailed to eligible voters.
Dec. 5: Last day to
return voted ballots to the local FSA office.
Jan. 2: Elected committee members and
alternates take office.
In addition to elected members, FSA county committees may also
include advisers. Advisers are appointed to county committees in
counties that have significant numbers of minority or women
producers and lack such members on FSA county committees. Advisers
play an important role by providing diverse viewpoints and by
representing the interests of minorities and women in decisions made
by county committees.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center or
[Text from file received from
Illinois Farm Service Agency]