The United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency encourages all farmers, ranchers and FSA program participants to take part in their local county committee election nomination process. Nominations are open now through Aug. 1.
    FSA’s county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs.
    Committees are comprised of elected agricultural producers responsible for the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties. Committee members are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. If elected, members become part of a local decision making and farm program delivery process.
    A county committee is composed of three to 11 elected members from local administrative areas. Each member serves a three-year term. One-third of the seats on these committees are open for election each year.
    County committees may have an appointed advisor to further represent the local interests of underserved farmers and ranchers. Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and landowners and/or operators who have limited resources.
    All nomination forms for the 2019 election must be postmarked or received in the USDA service center by Aug. 1. For more information on FSA county committee elections and appointments, refer to the FSA fact sheet available online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.