The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs to take part in their local County Committee election nomination process.
FSA 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 locally-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 the local decision making and farm program delivery process.
A county committee is composed of three to 11 elected members from local administrative areas (LAA). 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 land owners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska Natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities are also considered underserved.
All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by Aug. 1, 2018. For more information on FSA county committee elections and appointments, refer to the FSA fact sheet Eligibility to Vote and Hold Office as a COC Member available online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.