As of Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Nominations are due by Aug. 3 for open positions on local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees.
To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are 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 an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Nomination forms for the 2015 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 3.
Nominations are now being accepted for Idaho County producers residing in LAA-2: Salmon River/Rock Creek Road/Fenn Road/Reservation Line Road and Highway 7 form North Boundary. Snake River forms West Boundary. Idaho County Line forms South Boundary. North/South grid at116 degrees/ Reservation Line Road/Clearwater River form East Boundary.
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 9. Ballots are due to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 7. Newly elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2016.
While FSA 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. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.