Farm service deadline Aug. 1

Published 10:00pm Monday, July 21, 2014

“County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I hope that every eligible farmer and rancher will participate in this year’s county committee elections.
“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice; their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs.”
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others.
Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.
To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A.
The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Nomination forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business on Aug. 1, 2014.
Elections will take place this fall.
“We’ve seen an increase in the number of nominations of women and minority candidates, and I hope that trend continues,” Vilsack added.
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, 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 where the person is nominated.
Nomination forms are also available in the local FSA Office.

- article submitted
by Kelly R. Springs

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