Nominees sought for FSA committees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members Friday. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

Richard Fordyce, FSA administrator, said there is an increasing need in county committees for representation from diverse and underserved producers — including novice, female and minority ranchers and farmers.

Committees make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. Their input helps determine how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs. The committees are made of three to 11 members and typically meet once a month during their three-year terms.

Interested producers are urged to get more information at fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms must be postmarked by Aug. 1. Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 4.