County farm committee nominations open June 15 and close Aug. 1
Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on Farm Service Agency county committees, Trisha Koepplin, county executive director of the Crow Wing-Cass and Aitkin-Itasca USDA’s Farm Service Agency, has announced.
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, a person 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 (LAA) in which the person is a candidate. A complete list of eligibility requirements is posted online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/fsa_ccelections_2011.pdf.
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: forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eFormsAdmin/FSA0669A_110331V01.pdf.
All nomination forms for the 2011 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. The Crow Wing-Cass FSA Office will again be holding a County Committee Election for the Local Administrative Area (LAA) 2. The Aitkin-Itasca office will also be holding a County Committee Election for LAA 3.
Crow Wing LAA 2 Townships voting include Bay Lake, Deerwood, Garrison, Irondale, Maple Grove, Nokay Lake, Platte Lake, Rabbit Lake, Roosevelt and Wolford.
Aitkin County LAA 3 Townships voting include Aitkin, Spencer, Kimberly, Farm Island, Nordland, Glen, Hazelton, Wealthwood and Malmo.
The county committee nomination period begins June 15. Voting takes place in the fall.