FSA County Committee Nominations Accepted Through July
O’Neill –Holt-Boyd County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Lorrie Robinson announced that county committee election nominations began June 15, 2014. Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1, 2014 deadline.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity, and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues.
"County Committees are unique to FSA and are a valuable resource that gives locally elected farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs the opportunity to impact farm programs at the local level,” said Lorrie Robinson. "I hope to see a high level of participation during the nomination and election process,” she said.
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate. The election this year is in LAA-2 which consists of the middle part of Holt County from North to South. In Boyd County, the elections will be he held in LAA-5 which is everything East of 490th Ave.
To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
“In order to have fair representation of the demographics and agricultural interests in the community, I encourage all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in the nomination and election process,” said Robinson.
County committees are comprised of three to five members elected by local producers. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2014.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1, 2014.
For more information about county committees, please contact the Holt-Boyd County FSA office at 402-336-3796 ext. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.