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Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees.
“County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the positive effect they have on rural communities,” said Linda Tipton of the USDA’s Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency.
FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant agricultural issues.
To hold office as a county committee member, an individual must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates.
All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers and online at http://1.usa.gov/KiUAVS.
All nomination forms for the 2012 election must be postmarked or received in the Roane/Loudon County USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.
For more information about FSA county committees, visit the Roane/Loudon County Farm Service Agency at 424 N. Kentucky St., Kingston, or call 376-2392.
Information is also available online at http://1.usa.gov/bExeZb.