From the USDA:
period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins Monday, June 15.
the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their
opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “It is important for county
committees to reflect America's diversity, so I encourage all eligible
farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers, to get involved in
this year's elections. We’ve seen an increase in the number of
nominations for qualified candidates, especially among women and
minorities, and I hope that trend continues.”
be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must
participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible
to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local
administrative area where they are nominated.
and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations
representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.
become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A
nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county
committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Nomination forms for the 2015 election must be postmarked or received
in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 3, 2015.
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 9. Ballots will be due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 7. Newly elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2016.