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Nominations sought for FSA committees

June 17, 2008

Colleen Cashell, executive director for USDA's Farm Service Agency in Washington County, said farmer candidate nominations are now being accepted for local Farm Service Agency committees.

In Washington County, the election is for Local Administrative Area No. 2, which is the part of the county east of Interstate 81 and north of Md. 68 from Williamsport and Alternate U.S. 40 at Boonsboro.

The nomination period continues through Aug. 1. Elections take place this fall.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person 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 in which the person is a candidate.

Farmers may also nominate themselves, and organizations representing minority and women may also nominate candidates.

To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at; click on News & Events, then County Committee Elections.


Nomination forms for the 2008 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1.

FSA committee members 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 more than 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA committees. Committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible local farmers.

FSA will mail ballots Nov. 3. The ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 1.

Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2009.

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