The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency for Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, and Fairfax counties has opened nominations for the local Farm Service Agency county committee.
This year, producers will be voting for two representatives to serve on county committees: one from western Loudoun, and one from northern Fauquier. To be eligible to serve on a Farm Service Agency county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an Farm Service Agency-administered program, and live in the area where the election is being held.
County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of farm service agencies. The county committee for Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Fairfax consists of four members and meets once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. Members serve three-year terms.
FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 6. Ballots will be due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 4. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2018.
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 fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by August 1. Learn more by contacting the local FSA office at 540-347-4402 Ext. 2 or Charles.Bennett@va.usda.gov.