FSA seeks Scotland farmer nominations


Staff report



LAURINBURG –The nomination period for the local FSA county committees has begun, according to Scotland USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Giles Floyd.

“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Floyd.

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated.

This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 5, which includes all of Scotland County east of U.S.15-501 and LAA 3 which includes Saddletree, Lumberton, Philadelphus, Raft Swamp, Burnt Swamp, Smyrna, Back Swamp, Britts, Wisharts, Orrum, Sterlings communities in Robeson County.

“County Committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Floyd, whose office includes Robeson County.

To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an FSA administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated.

This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes Saddletree, Lumberton, Philadelphus, Raft Swamp, Burnt Swamp, Smyrna, Back Swamp, Britts, Wisharts, Orrum, Sterlings communities in Robeson County and LAA 5, which includes all of Scotland County east of Hwy 15-501.

Farmers and livestock producers 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 www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2016 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Robeson/Scotland FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2016.

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.

“It is important that county committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community,” said Floyd. “All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.”

FSA will mail election ballots to eligible voters beginning Nov. 7, 2016. Ballots must be returned to the Robeson/Scotland FSA office via mail or in person by Dec. 5, 2016. Newly-elected committee members and alternates will take office on Jan. 1, 2017. The nomination period began on June 15.

For information about county committees, contact the FSA office at 910-739-3349 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

http://laurinburgexchange.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_fsa-logo-1.jpg

Staff report

comments powered by Disqus