July 25, 2008
July 25, 2008 - Teresa Lasseter, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2008, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
"County committees are important because they help deliver federal programs, which is an important aspect of our service to agriculture," Lasseter said. "I encourage all producers to get involved by nominating eligible candidates to serve on county committees."
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 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. A complete list of eligibility requirements and additional information are posted online at www.fsa.usda.gov
; click on the "FSA Counts on You" Spotlight.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. FSA encourages beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as minorities and women, to file a nomination form on their own behalf.