June 5, 2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that farmer and rancher candidate nominations will begin on June 15, 2009, for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. The nomination period continues through Aug. 3, 2009, with elections taking place this fall.
To be eligible to serve on a 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 in which the person is a candidate.
Producers may nominate themselves or others. 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 online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
. Nomination forms for the 2009 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by close of business on Aug. 3, 2009.
FSA county committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2010.