Nominees sought for FSA committee

The Marion County Farm Service Agency committee is seeking interested farmers to serve as candidates for the local county committee election this fall. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the FSA county office by close of business Aug. 1.

Marion County farmers and ranchers can nominate themselves or any other producer in Local Administration Area No. 3 to run for a seat on the committee. Organizations representing minorities and women producers are especially encouraged to nominate candidates.

LAA No. 3 consists of Lehigh, Liberty, Menno, Risley, East Branch and West Branch township units.

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 meet the basic eligibility requirements.

For example, the person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by the agency, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

Committee members serve three-year terms.

The locally elected committees are responsible for making national farm programs fit the needs and situations faced by local farmers and ranchers and bringing local expertise and knowledge to USDA?s daily delivery of programs and services.

Nomination form FSA-669 is available at the county office and online at Select ?County Committee Elections.?

Eligible voters may circulate or sign nomination petitions for as many candidates as they choose, including themselves.

After the nomination period has passed, FSA will mail ballots to producers beginning Nov. 4.

For details, contact the staff of the Marion County FSA office at 620-382-3714 or visit the office at 301 Eisenhower Drive in Marion.

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