Nominations for Farm Service Agency county committees opened on Wednesday, June 15, according to Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
“The county committees provide a vital link between the local farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Farmer said. “They help deliver FSA programs at the local level. I encourage all Kentucky producers to take part in this election.”
Nominations must be postmarked or received in a local U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center by Aug. 1. FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters on Nov. 4. Ballots will be due back to the county office by Dec. 5. Newly elected committee members and alternates will take office Jan. 2, 2012.
To be eligible to serve on an 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 he or she is a candidate.
Eligible persons may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.
FSA county committee members make decisions on conservation programs; incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments; commodity price support loans and payments; emergency programs; payment eligibility; and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms.
For more information about county committee elections, go to www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.