The chairman of the USDA’s North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA), Pender Sharp, has important advice for area farmers and producers: “Nominate candidates to your FSA Richmond County Committee. Richmond County agriculture needs good farmers to serve.”
Sharp, a Wilson County farm business owner and FSA State Committee chair, was referring to the election of members to FSA’s Richmond County Committee, a process now under way.
“The Richmond FSA County Committee puts the farm community directly in front of the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” said Sharp. “A nomination to the County Committee ensures that Richmond County landowners, farmers and producers have influence in decisions critical to USDA business.”
Richmond County FSA Committee Members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues.
Farmers and producers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women may nominate candidates.
To become a candidate, eligible individuals must sign nomination form FSA-669A. This form — and other information about FSA County Committee elections — are available at FSA.usda.gov/elections, or the Richmond County Farm Service Office at 123 Caroline St., Suite 400, Rockingham.
Election nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Richmond County USDA Service Center by close of business Aug. 1. Elections take place this fall.