Greensburg Daily News
Farmers have until August 1, 2012 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees, announced Julia A. Wickard, State Executive Director of USDAÕs Indiana Farm Service Agency. The county committee nomination
period begins June 15.
ÒCounty committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm
programs and are the voice of local landowners and farmers. ÊThey have a
positive effect on rural communities as they represent farmers in their
area of the county,Ó said Wickard.
FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans,
conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive
directors and other significant agricultural issues.
To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or
cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a
county committee election and reside in the local administrative area
(LAA) in which the person is a candidate. ÊA complete list of eligibility
requirements is posted online at:
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates.
Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate
candidates. ÊAll nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which
includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form
FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers and online at:
All nomination forms for the 2012 election must be postmarked or received
in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Augist 1, 2012.
Voting takes place in the fall. ÊBallots will be mailed to eligible voters
by November 5. ÊThe final day to return voted ballots to the local USDA
Service Center is December 3. ÊNewly elected county committee members take
office January 1, 2013.
For more information about FSA county committees, visit a local USDA
Service Center or online at: