County Committee Elections in Process
July 8, 2005
July 8, 2005 -- Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced that farmers, ranchers and others across the country can nominate eligible candidates for the 2005 elections to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The last day to file nomination forms is Aug. 1, 2005.
Farmers who serve on county committees help ensure FSA agricultural programs adequately serve the needs of local producers. Committees make decisions on county commodity price-support loan eligibility, establishment of allotments and yields, conservation programs, disaster programs, employment and other issues.
To be an eligible candidate, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA program, be of legal voting age and live in the county or area where the election is being held. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. In addition, eligible candidates can be nominated by community-based organizations.
Today, there are more than 8,300 committee members serving three-year terms in more than 2,300 county offices nationwide. Every year, elections are held for approximately one-third of these seats.
For more information about FSA county committees or to obtain a nomination form (FSA-669A), visit a local USDA Service Center or go online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/elections.