This news is from the USDA Farm Service Agency:
The nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins June 17.
be eligible to serve on a Farm Service Agency 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 the person is a candidate.
and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations
representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.
become a candidate, sign the nomination
form, FSA-669A. Go to http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections to obtain the form and other information about FSA county
Nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received
in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. Elections will take place this fall.
FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or
operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation
programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and
other agricultural issues.
Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide,
there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county
committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members that are elected
by eligible producers.
FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 2. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office on Jan. 1, 2014.