Sampson County USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director S. Kettrell Strickland has announced that the nomination period for local FSA county committees will continue through Aug. 1. The nomination period began on Wednesday, June 15.
“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Strickland.
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated.
This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA III, which includes Westbrook, Newton Grove, Herring, Halls, Piney Grove and North Clinton communities.
Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To 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. This year’s nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Sampson County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County committees consist of three to 11 members.
“It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community,” said Strickland. “All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.”
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7. Ballots must be returned to the Sampson County FSA office via mail or in person by Dec. 5. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017.
For more information about county committees, please contact the Sampson County FSA office at (910) 592-4791 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.