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Farm Service Explains the County Committees are a Critical

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Farm Service Agency (FSA) 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. Farmers and ranchers who are elected to serve on FSA county committees apply using their judgment and knowledge to help with the decisions necessary to administer FSA programs in their counties. Ensuring the needs of local producers are met,  FSA county committees operate within official federal regulations and provide local input on:

• Income safety-net loans and payments, including setting county average yields for commodities;
• Conservation programs;
• Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for some
commodities;
• Emergency programs; and
• Payment eligibility.

Every eligible agricultural producer should participate in FSA county committee elections–whether you are a beginner or established producer, historically underserved producer (minority and women), or whether you have a large or small operation–because FSA county committees are your link with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Election Period

June 15, 2020 -The nomination period begins. Request nomination forms from the local FSA county office or obtains online at fsa.usda.gov/elections.
August 1, 2020 -Last day to file nomination forms at the local FSA county office.

November 2, 2020 -Ballots mailed to eligible voters. December 7, 2020 -Last day to return voted ballots to
the FSA county office.
January 1, 2021 -Newly elected county committee members take office.

Read the full Fact Sheet below:

coc_elections-fact_sheet_2020

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