“FSA’s county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and local administration of federal farm programs,” USDA officials said in a news release.
The committees are comprised of locally elected agricultural producers responsible for the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties. Committee members are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture. If elected, members become part of a local decision-making and farm program delivery process.
A county committee is composed of three to 11 elected members from local administrative areas (LAA). Each member serves a three-year term. One-third of the seats on the committees are open for election each year.
County committees may have one or more appointed advisors to further represent the local interests of underserved farmers and ranchers, USDA officials said. Underserved producers are defined as beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and landowners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups, including Native American and Alaska Natives, persons under the poverty level and persons that have disabilities are also considered underserved.
The San Juan/Grand County committee is composed of five elected members from local administrative areas. Elections this year will take place in local administrative area 1, which is Moab and LaSal.
“If you farm or ranch in this area consider nominating yourself or someone else to run for this county committee position,” USDA officials said.
All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by Aug. 1. For more information on FSA county committee elections and appointments, refer to the FSA fact sheet: “Eligibility to Vote and Hold Office as a COC Member,” which is available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.