Seeking noms for county committees

County committees play a crucial role in helping the county office staff implement the Farm Bill. Due to the important services that COC members provide, producers are encouraged to participate in the FSA county committee election process by nominating an eligible candidate by the Aug. 1 deadline. This year LAA 2 (Clear Creek, Huntington, Lancaster and Jefferson) is up for election in Huntington County.

To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and other valuable information about FSA county committee elections is available online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov; click on News & Events, then County Committee Elections. The nomination period started June 15. Nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.

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. Nationwide, there are more than 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local producers.

FSA will mail ballots to producers beginning Nov. 7. The voted ballots are due back at the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 5. Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1, 2018.