Ag Agency accepts committee nominations for farmers and ranchers

The USDA Farm Services Agency accepts nominations for district committee members.

Elections will be held in some local administrative areas of the members. LAAs are electoral districts for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county state. This may include LAAs that focus on an urban or suburban area, according to a news release from the Bangor Field Service Agency.

District committee members make important decisions about how federal farm programs are run locally. All nomination forms for the 2022 election must be stamped or received at your local FSA office by Monday, August 1.

“One of the USDA’s priorities is to integrate equity into decision-making and policy-making, and this begins with the FCA’s local county committees,” said Sherry Hummel, state executive director for the Maine Financial Services Authority. “We need motivated and diverse leaders to serve the other agricultural producers on these committees as we work to build fair systems and programs that include all employees and all of our customers.”

“Agricultural producers who participate in or are collaborating in the USDA program and reside at the LAA for election this year may be nominated for membership in the District Committee,” Hamel said.

A cooperating producer is a person who has provided information about agriculture or livestock to the FSA, even if they have not applied for or received program benefits. Individuals may nominate themselves or others, and eligible organizations may nominate candidates. The USDA encourages minority producers, women, and novice farmers or farm owners to nominate, vote, and hold office.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 members of the agricultural community work on the FSA’s district committees. The committees consist of three to 11 members who serve for a term of three years. Producers serving on the FSA’s district committees play an important role in the agency’s day-to-day operations. Committee members are vital to how the FSA implements disaster programs, as well as conservation programs, commodity and price support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Producers should contact their local FSA office to register and find out how to participate in their county election, including whether their LAA is up for election this year. To be considered, producer must be registered and sign the FSA-669A Nomination Form. The form and other information about the FSA District Committee elections are available at

Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning November 7. Producers can find their local USDA service center at

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