Angela K. Vos, County Executive Director of USDA’s Marion County Farm Service Agency (FSA), today reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 1, 2013, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on the FSA county committee.
“The last day to file your nomination form is about a week away,” Vos said. “Please get involved this year and nominate the candidate of your choice or nominate yourself to serve on the FSA county committee. I especially encourage the nomination of beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as women and minorities. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in the county.”
FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs and by working closely with county executive directors.
To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the Marion County Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2013. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 4 and are due back to the Marion County Service Center on Dec. 2. The newly elected county committee member will take office Jan. 1, 2014.
For more information on the County Committee elections and programs administered by FSA, please contact Marion County FSA office or the website at www.fsa.usda.gov/ia.