FSA Scott County committee seeking nominations

Monday, July 16, 2012

BENTON, Mo. -- Farmers, ranchers and landowners are encouraged to nominate farmer and rancher candidates to serve on their local Farm Service Agency county committee by the Aug. 1 deadline.

Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on agency disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other federal farm program issues, said Chris Grojean, Scott County USDA Farm Service Agency executive director.

"County Committees are unique to FSA and are a valuable resource that gives locally elected farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs the opportunity to impact farm programs at the local level," Grojean said. "I hope to see a high level of participation during the nomination and election process," he said.

Nominees must participate in a program administered by the agency, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. More information about county committee elections is available by calling the Scott County FSA office at 573-545-3593 or visiting www.fsa.usda.gov.

County committees are comprised of three to five members elected by local producers. All newly elected county committee members and alternates will take office Jan. 1.

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