ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BILL HARMON- FARM SERVICE AGENCY
The election of local farmers and ranchers to Farm Service Agency county committees is important in giving producers a voice in how federal farm programs are administered in their local areas and to maintain the direct link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FSA is accepting nominations from qualified candidates until Aug, 1. Producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. In addition, organizations representing socially disadvantaged (minorities and women) groups may nominate candidates.
Candidates are being solicited from Marion County Local Administrative Area No. 2, which is comprised of Catlin, Center, Doyle, Fairplay, Gale, Grant, Milton, Peabody, Summit and Wilson townships.
The form FSA-669A, Nomination Form for County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee Election, is available at the Marion County FSA office or may be obtained electronically http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov.
Each form submitted must be limited to one nominee, signed and dated by the nominee and delivered to the proper county FSA office or postmarked no later than the Aug. 1 deadline.
Any producer residing in the county FSA committee jurisdiction may nominate an eligible candidate.
For those wanting to learn more about the FSA county committee nomination and election processes, a brief informational meeting will be at 9:30 a.m., Monday, June 5, at the Hillsboro City Building at 118 E. Grand Ave.
At this meeting, nomination forms and fact sheets will be provided and election criteria and policies will be discussed.
Bill Harmon is executive director of the Marion County FSA office.