Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until August 1, 2012 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to Dustin Miller, County Executive Director the Cherokee County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.
"This year's election is for a representative to the FSA County Committee from LAA #3, which covers townships Afton, Cedar, Spring, Pitcher and Diamond in Cherokee County," added Miller. "The work our Committees do is so important to the operation of our offices, so I would encourage candidates to get these nominations forms in."
All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers and online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2012 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.
County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities. FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.
To hold office as a county committee member, 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 the person is a candidate, among other requirements.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates.
The county committee nomination period began June 15. Voting takes place in the fall.
Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 4. The final day to return voted ballots to the local USDA Service Center is Dec. 5. Newly elected county committee members take office Jan. 1, 2013.
Become involved by nominating and voting in the local County Committee. For more information on the County Committee election process, eligibility requirements, or other programs administered by FSA contact the Cherokee County FSA Office or visit FSA on-line at: www.fsa.usda.gov.