ROCKINGHAM — Nomination forms for this year’s Farm Service Agency County Committee election are due in the Richmond County FSA office by Aug. 1, local U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said.
“We are now receiving nominations for candidates in Local Administrative Area No. 3,” said Amy Hill Yaklin, executive director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency office in Richmond County.
A nomination form signed by the nominee is needed to nominate a farmer-candidate. The form includes a statement that the candidate agrees to serve if elected. Nomination forms can be obtained from the local FSA office.
“A county or area served by the FSA county committee is divided into local administrative areas,” Yaklin said in a statement. “One member on the county committee represents each LAA. A person may vote in only one LAA in each county or area. FSA committee members serve staggered three-year terms; therefore, elections may not be held in all LAAs. This year, nominations are being received for LAA No. 3. This area consists of Wolf Pit and Marks Creek townships.”
County committee members are a critical component of the FSA’s day-to-day operations, Yaklin said. Farmers who serve on the committee help decide the kind of programs their counties will have and how they will be administered. They make FSA agricultural programs fit the needs of local farmers.
Committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions, Yaklin said, and they operate within official regulations designated to carry out federal laws.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 1, at the Richmond County Farm Service Agency, 123 Caroline St., Rockingham.