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County committees make informed decisions in Farm Service Agency county offices across the country. Every FSA office is required to have a county committee, which is made up of local farmers who are elected by local farmers, to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

County committees allow farmers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers.

From now until Aug. 1, farmers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, nominees must have an interest as an owner, operator or tenant on a farm in the Local Administrative Area (LAA). Contact your local FSA office to see which LAA have elections this year.

To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online, or through your county office. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1.

For more information, please visit fsa.usda.gov/elections or contact your local FSA office.strong

Having opportunities to attend leadership institutes, advocate for rural Ohioans on the state and national level, facilitate young ag professionals events, and serve in a variety of leadership positions have helped my skills grow exponentially.
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Sara Tallmadge

Ashland County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
Mandy Way's avatar
Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
Austin Heil's avatar
Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
I was gifted the great opportunity through an Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Pathways grant to run a series of summer camps here. That really expanded my vision of what ‘grow, maintain, sustain and explain’ could actually be.
Jim Bruner's avatar
Jim Bruner

Mezzacello Urban Farms

Farming for Good
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

Advocacy
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