The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 3 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program, including the current Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.
Karen Stillings, executive director for FSA in Polk and Dallas counties, said each year an election is held in a Local Administrative Area where a committee member’s three-year term is expiring. For 2020, an election will be held in LAA 1 and LAA 4.
LAA 4 includes the following townships in Dallas County: South Benton, Wilson, Jackson, Washington and Sheridan.
LAA 1 includes the following townships in Polk County: Northeast Marion, Northwest Marion, Cliquot, Campbell, Flemington, Jefferson, McKinley, North Greene, South Greene, North Benton and Johnson.
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency-administered program and reside in the LAA where the election is being held. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections.
To be considered, a producer must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 3. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 2.