USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Election
Every eligible agricultural producer should participate in Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees elections – whether you are a beginning or longtime producer, or whether you have a large or small operation – because FSA county committees are your link with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Farmers and ranchers who are elected to serve on FSA county committees apply their judgement and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties, ensuring the needs of local producers are met. FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations so that local input is provided on federal programs such as:
- Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities
- Conservation programs
- Incentive, indemnity and disaster payments for some commodities
- Payment eligibility
June 15, 2018 – The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from the local FSA county office or obtain online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
August 1, 2018– Last day to file nomination forms at the local FSA county office.
November 5, 2018 – Ballots mailed to eligible voters.
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 as a candidate. Additionally, organizations representing underserved (minority and women) farmers or ranchers may nominate candidates. Nomination forms are filed for the county committee at the office that administers a producer’s farm records.
To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign nomination form FSA-669A. The form includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. This form is available at the FSA county office and online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the 2016 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by close of business August 1, 2018.