The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins on Monday, June 15.
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.
"Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a Department of Agriculture news release. "It is important for county committees to reflect America's diversity, so I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers, to get involved in this year's elections. We've seen an increase in the number of nominations for qualified candidates, especially among women and minorities, and I hope that trend continues."
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate candidates.
To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
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