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Published July 02, 2010, 12:00 AM

Nominations sought for Farm Service Agency committee

The election of agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee is important to all farmers, whether beginning or long established, with large or small operations.

The election of agricultural producers to the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee is important to all farmers, whether beginning or long established, with large or small operations.

It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because the county committee system is the link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA county offices. They help deliver farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on the county committee help with the decisions necessary to administer programs in their respective counties. They work to make FSA administered programs work at the county level.

County committees provide local input on such issues as commodity price support loans and payments, conservation programs and payments, incentive, indemnity and disaster payments, emergency programs and payment eligibility. FSA county committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions.

June 15 was the start of acceptance of nomination forms from eligible voters in the local area that will be holding an election this year.

Douglas County has three such areas and the election will be held in the following townships: Leaf Valley, Ida, Carlos, Miltona, Spruce Hill, and Belle River. This area is presently represented by Bert Pexsa of Miltona.

Producers interested in making a nomination or serving on the county committee can find out more information by contacting the Douglas County FSA office at (320) 763-3191, extension 2.

The deadline for nomination petitions to be filed with the county office is Monday, August 2.

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