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USDAThe nomination period for local FSA County Committees will begin on June 15, 2016.

Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business by Aug. 1, 2016. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Turnbull, and White Oak Township.

To be eligible to serve on the FSA County Committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a County Committee election and reside in the Local Administrative Area (LAA) where they are nominated. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the County Committee. Individuals may also nominate themselves or others as a candidate. To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about County Committee elections is available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Additionally, organizations representing underserved (minority and women) farmers or ranchers may nominate candidates.

Farmers and ranchers who are elected to serve on FSA County Committees apply 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.

Elected County Committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, as well as other important federal farm program issues. County Committees consist of three to 11 members. FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7. Ballots are due back in the Bladen County Office by mail or in person no later than Dec. 5, 2016. All newly elected County Committee members and alternates will take office January 1, 2017.

For more information about FSA County Committees, please contact the Bladen County FSA office at 910-862-3179 ex. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.