County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms.
“County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.”
Richland County will be accepting candidates for the Troy, Washington, Perry, Jefferson, and Worthington Townships – which comprise the LAA-1 (Local Administrative Area). The FSA-669A nomination form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at your local office: 1495 W Longview Ave, Suite 205A, Mansfield. All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2017.