Special to the Register
Cooke County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Scott Tiemann, announced that county committee election nominations begin June 17.
Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local FSA county committee by the August 1 deadline. The area holding an election this year is the northwest part of Cooke County.
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 committee members are a valuable asset because they are local producers who participate in FSA programs themselves and have a direct connection to farmers and ranchers in the community,” said Tiemann. "I would like to see a high level of participation in this year’s nomination and election process,” he said.
Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations that represent minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. Nominees must participate 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. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
“It is important that the county committee reflects the demographics and agricultural interests of the community these individuals represent,” Tiemann said. “I strongly encourage all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers to participate in the nomination and election process,” he said.
County committees are comprised of three to five members elected by local producers. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2014.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1, 2013.
For more information about county committees, contact the Cooke County FSA office at 668-7794 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov.