The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting county committee member nominations on Friday.

Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates, and any agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated.

Organizations also may nominate candidates.

These committees make

decisions regarding how federal farm programs work locally.

This work includes how FSA carries out disaster programs, commodity and price support programs, conservation, county office employment and more.

The committees are typically made up of three to 11 members, and they usually meet once a month.

“I encourage America’s farmers, ranchers and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their county committee,” FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. “There’s an increasing need for diverse representation including underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and minority farmers and ranchers.”

Producers can visit the local FSA office, at 408 N. Market St. in Paris, to find out how to get involved in this year’s election. 

To be considered, producers must also sign an FSA-669A nomination form, which can be found on the FSA website.

All nomination forms should be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1.

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