The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members June 14.

Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program can be nominated for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input is vital on how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month. Members serve three-year terms. Producers on county committees play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Check with your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, also may nominate candidates.

To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4.

For more information, contact Anthony Landrum, county executive director Campbell/Amherst/Appomattox Farm Service Agency at (434) 332-6640 x2.

— From staff reports

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