Cherokee County Farm Service Agency executive director Michael Houston has announced that the USDA will soon be accepting nomination forms for eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees.
The nomination period is now thorugh August 1, 2005.
"I encourage local producers to run for a position on the local FSA county committee and make a difference," said Houston. "FSA county committees have an improtant role in decision-making process fo commodity price support loans and payments, conservation and disaster programs, and other improtant agricultural issues in the farming community."
Almost anyone participating or coperating in a local FSA program, and of legal voting age, may be a candidate. Individuals can nominate themselves or others.
All nomination forms must be received in the county FSA office or be postmarked by August 1, 2005. Voting takes place between November 4 and december 5, 2005.
To hold office as an FSA county committee member, a person must meet the basic eligibility requirements:
*Participate or cooperate in a program administered by the FSA.
*Be eligible to vote in a county committee election.
*Reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. (In some cases, this requirement may be waived. Check with the county office staff).
*A person must not have been removed or disqualified from the office of FSA county committee member, alternate or employee; removed for cause from any public office or have been convicted on fraud, larceny, embezzlement, or any other felony; or dishonorably discharged from any branch of the armed services.
People uncertain about their eligibility to vote in the FSA county committee election should contact FSA county office staff. Affirmation of eligibility to vote must be determined in order for a vote to count in an election.
More information on the county committee elections, including the nomination form, is available at the Cherokee County FSA office, or online at