USDA's Indiana Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director Don Hunton recently reminded farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they have until Aug. 3, 2009, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees.
"I encourage all Indiana producers to get involved by nominating candidates to serve on county committees," Hunton said. "FSA county committees are essential to the delivery of federal programs. We are getting close to the deadline and we need more participation.
"I also urge producers to help us build a strong future for our next generation of agricultural businesses and communities by nominating beginning farmers and ranchers, minorities and women."
FSA county committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs and by working closely with county executive directors.
To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, people must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running.
A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
People can nominate themselves or others. FSA encourages beginning farmers and ranchers as well as minorities and women, to nominate themselves.
All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2009 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by the close of business Aug. 3, 2009.
After that, ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6, and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers Dec. 7. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2010.