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Nominations being accepted

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nominations are now being accepted for the Wise County USDA Farm Service Agency Committee. Local FSA Executive Director Tracy Meadows said nominations opened June 17 with an Aug. 1 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 comprised of three to 11 members.

“County committees are unique to FSA and are instrumental in all aspects of federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Meadows.

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees 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 (LAA) in which the person is a candidate.

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.

“It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community,” said Meadows. “All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.”

FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The ballots are due back in the local county office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 2. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2014.

For more information about county committees, call the Wise County FSA office at 940-627-2268 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.

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