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USDA's Farm Service Agency county nominations now open

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USDA has announced that farmer and rancher candidate nominations have begun for local Farm Service Agency county committees. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, with elections taking place this fall.

To be eligible to serve on a Farm Service Agency (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 reside in the local administrative area in which the person is a candidate.

Producers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other valuable information about FSA county committee elections are available online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2017.

FSA county committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Committees consist of three members who are elected by eligible producers.

FSA will mail ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 6. The voted ballots are due back to the local county office either via mail or in person by Dec. 4. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2018.

For Sumner County, a seat on the county committee is open this year in LAA #3 representing farm producers in the western portion of the county, specifically the following towns and communities: Bethpage, Castalian Springs, Gallatin, Sideview and Westmoreland. For more information regarding COC Elections and USDA Programs contact the Sumner County Farm Service Agency at 150 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin TN 37066 or phone 615-452-3838.

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