FSA County Committee Nomination Period Underway

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The nomination period for the 2012 Cannon FSA County Committee Election will end August 1, 2012. To nominate an owner, operator, tenant, or sharecropper to represent Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 2, a nomination form (FSA-669A) must be completed.

The nomination form must be signed by the nominee stating that the candidate is willing to serve if elected. Nomination forms are available at the Cannon County FSA office, or online at: http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/efcommon/eFileServices/eForms/FSA669-A.PDF.

Any CannonCounty producer eligible to participate in FSA programs may nominate a candidate. Individuals may nominate themselves or others. In addition, any organizations representing socially disadvantaged farmers may nominate candidates.

To hold office as a FSA County Committee member, a person must meet the basic eligibility requirements as follows:

1) participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA; 2) be eligible to vote in a county committee election; 3) reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate; 4) must not have been removed or disqualified from the office of FSA County Committee member, alternate, or employee; 5) must not have been removed for cause from any public office or have been convicted of fraud, larceny, embezzlement, or any other felony; and 6) must have not been dishonorable discharged from any branch of the armed services.

Election ballots for the Cannon County Farm Service Agency’s local committee election will be mailed November 5 to all eligible voters in Local Administrative Area # 2, the portions of Cannon County generally described as the communities of Readyville, Auburntown, Bradyville, and Midway.

Ballots must be completed and returned in person or postmarked no later than December 3. The Committee will meet December 5 to canvass, tabulate, and elect a committee person to represent farmers in Local Administrative Area (LAA) #2, currently represented by County Committee Chairperson Charlie Brown.

The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA’s programs here in Cannon County. Members of the committee work with area residents to maintain the local focus on many USDA programs, inform people of what’s available, and help producers understand how the programs work.

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