Nominations are underway for Farm Service Agency county committee members.
To be eligible to serve on a county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by a service agency, be eligible to vote in a county committee election, and reside in the Local Administrative Area where the person is nominated.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates.
To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, Farm Service Agency form 669A. The form and other information about the county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Hancock County Farm Service Agency office, 7868 Hancock County 140, Findlay, 45840 by the close of business Aug. 1.
The county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or operating loans. They make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.
Members serve three-year terms. Committees consist of three to 11 members. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on county committees.
Elections will be held this fall.
Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 3. Ballots are due to the Farm Service Agency county office by mail or in person by Dec. 1. Elected members and alternates will take office Jan. 1.
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