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FSA programs explained: County Committee Elections

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, the FSA is very unique in that we have a locally-elected board that is responsible for the operations of the County Office. This board is called the County Committee. The County Committee employs an executive director who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. The County Committee also sets policy and makes determinations regarding program applications.

Each county or counties are divided into local administrative areas (LAAs). These LAAs are geographic boundaries within the county that establish the representative boundary for which the County Committee member represent and are elected. Some producers’ farms may lie in more than one LAA; in this case usually the location of your headquarters will determine your LAA. If you are unsure of the LAA in which you reside, each FSA office should maintain a map of the county depicting each LAA. If you do not live in the county in which you conduct your FSA business and do not know which LAA you are assigned, it would be a good idea to contact your FSA Service Center and ask. It never hurts to ask.

County Committee members are elected to three year terms. Each year at least one committee member should be up for reelection. County Offices will begin accepting nominations for the committee on June 15 and will accept nominations up to Aug. 1. In order to be nominated for the position, you must be an eligible voter. An eligible voter is any landowner or agricultural producer in the LAA who is active in the county office. In order to be active in the county office, you only need to ensure that your address is current. This makes sense, since election ballots are mailed out every year.

If you operate as a business entity, such as a LLC or a corporation, you must have signature authority for the entity and have filed the required paperwork in the county office proving your ability to sign for the entity.

Once the nominations for the committee have been made, ballots will be mailed in November and all ballots will need to be returned by Dec. 5, 2011. The ballots will be counted and official election results will be posted during the first committee meeting in December. Those producers nominated for the County Committee are given the opportunity to witness the counting of the ballots.

I encourage everyone to nominate someone for the county committee and also to please vote. The Farm Service Agency depends on the County Committee to provide valuable knowledge and insight to our farm programs. Local elections are important to electing County Committee members because through these elections, producers provide their input in the Farm Service Agency.

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The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. However, the FSA is very unique in that we have a locally-elected board that is responsible for the operations of the County Office. This board is called the County Committee. The County Committee employs an executive director who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office. The County Committee also sets policy and makes determinations regarding program applications.

Each county or counties are divided into local administrative areas (LAAs). These LAAs are geographic boundaries within the county that establish the representative boundary for which the County Committee member represent and are elected. Some producers’ farms may lie in more than one LAA; in this case usually the location of your headquarters will determine your LAA. If you are unsure of the LAA in which you reside, each FSA office should maintain a map of the county depicting each LAA. If you do not live in the county in which you conduct your FSA business and do not know which LAA you are assigned, it would be a good idea to contact your FSA Service Center and ask. It never hurts to ask.

County Committee members are elected to three year terms. Each year at least one committee member should be up for reelection. County Offices will begin accepting nominations for the committee on June 15 and will accept nominations up to Aug. 1. In order to be nominated for the position, you must be an eligible voter. An eligible voter is any landowner or agricultural producer in the LAA who is active in the county office. In order to be active in the county office, you only need to ensure that your address is current. This makes sense, since election ballots are mailed out every year.

If you operate as a business entity, such as a LLC or a corporation, you must have signature authority for the entity and have filed the required paperwork in the county office proving your ability to sign for the entity.

Once the nominations for the committee have been made, ballots will be mailed in November and all ballots will need to be returned by Dec. 5, 2011. The ballots will be counted and official election results will be posted during the first committee meeting in December. Those producers nominated for the County Committee are given the opportunity to witness the counting of the ballots.

I encourage everyone to nominate someone for the county committee and also to please vote. The Farm Service Agency depends on the County Committee to provide valuable knowledge and insight to our farm programs. Local elections are important to electing County Committee members because through these elections, producers provide their input in the Farm Service Agency.

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