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FSA nomination period begins Sunday

The nomination period for Farm Service Agency county committees begins Sunday.

FSA committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. They serve three-year terms.

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To be eligible to serve on a county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA. He or she must also be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area.

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 the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at

Nomination forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. Elections will take place this fall.