FSA seeking County Committee nominations

The State Executive Director for Ohio’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), Steve Maurer, announced that candidate nominations begin Friday for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees. FSA is accepting nomination forms for eligible candidates to serve on the local FSA County Committees. The nomination period ends Aug, 1, 2012.

“I urge all farmers and landowners to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline,” Maurer said. “County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provide a voice to landowners and farmers so that they have an opportunity for their opinions and ideas to be heard.”

FSA County Committees have an important role in the decision making process for commodity price support loans and payments, conservation and disaster programs and other important agricultural issues in their farming community.

Almost anyone participating or cooperating in a local FSA program may be a candidate. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. All nomination forms must be received in the County FSA office or postmarked by August 1.  The nomination form is available at local FSA offices or on Ohio’s FSA homepage at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/oh under the “I Want To” section.  Voting takes place between November 5th and December 3rd, 2012.

A producer is eligible to be a County FSA Committee member if the producer lives in the Local Administrative Areas (LAA) up for election, participates or cooperates in a program administered by FSA and is an eligible voter.  Additional information about eligibility to hold office may be obtained at your local FSA office.

For more information about FSA county committees, visit your local FSA office or the FSA website at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

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