Custer County FSA schedules County Committee Election informational meeting

The Associated Press

MILES CITY — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Executive Director Dale E. Barta in Custer County has issued a news release reminding farmers and landowners that FSA is hosting an informational meeting regarding the 2017 County Committee Election process on July 13, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the Custer Co. FSA Service Center located at 3120 Valley Dr. East in Miles City. All producers, including minority, women and new farmers, are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the 2017 election.

The county committee nomination period began on June 15, 2017. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Custer County FSA office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2017.

For election purposes, counties are divided into local administrative areas (LAA). Each LAA nominates and elects one producer to serve a three-year term on the FSA county committee.

Each year, an election is held in an LAA where a committee member’s three-year term is expiring. For 2017, an election will be held in LAA 2, which includes Kinsey. It is located in the northwest corner of Custer County.

“Farmers and ranchers in LAA 2 are urged to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1, 2017, deadline,” said CED Dale Barta. “County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.”

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election, reside in the county and have an agricultural operation in the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2017.

Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Dale E. Barta at (406)232-7905, ext. 124, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, by July 5th, 2017.