Posted 5 months ago
By Ashley Hinker
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
FSA COUNTY COMMITTEE (COC) NOMINATIONS PERIOD ENDS AUGUST 1
Farmer and rancher candidate nominations are currently being accepted for the Dawes/N. Sioux County Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee. The nomination period closes Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, with the election taking place between Friday, Nov. 4, and the close of business on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013.
County committees provide a vital link to have local opinions and ideas heard at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
To be eligible to serve on a Farm Service Agency 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 also may 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 or you may visit any local FSA office to obtain a copy. Nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2013.
FSA county committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.
Members serve three-year terms. In Nebraska, committees consist of three to five members who are elected by eligible producers.
Transition Planning and Additional Informational Clinics
Nebraska FSA is collaborating with the University Nebraska to provide Free Farm Finance Clinics for July. One-on-one, confidential Farm Finance Clinics are being held across the state this month. An experienced ag law attorney and ag financial counselor will be available to address farm and ranch issues related to financial planning, estate and transition planning, farm loan programs, debtor/creditor law, water rights, and other relevant matters.
To sign up for a clinic or to get more information, call Michelle at the Nebraska Farm Hotline at 1-800-464-0258.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Legal Aid of Nebraska sponsor these clinics.
Clinic Sites and Dates:
•Norfolk – Monday, July 1
•Grand Island – Wednesday, July 10
•Valentine – Thursday, July 11
•North Platte – Thursday, July 11
•Lexington – Thursday, July 18
•Fairbury – Wednesday, July 31
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).