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Aug. 1 is deadline for FSA county committee nominations

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In a recent press release, Brenda Archuleta, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for New Mexico, reminded ranchers and farmers that the deadline to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees is Aug. 1.

In order to be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, individuals must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, as well as reside in the local administrative area where the election takes place.
A complete list of eligibility requirements, in addition to more information and nomination forms, can be found at fsa.usda.gov/elections.
County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committees meet once a month or as needed to make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

All nomination forms for the 2017 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA county office by Aug. 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 6 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 4. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018.
In other FSA news, the deadline to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and/or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2017 crop year is also Aug. 1.
These programs trigger financial protections for participating agricultural producers when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.
Archuleta advises for ranchers and farmers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment, if they are not already enrolled in a press release.
To find your local FSA office, visit. offices.usda.gov.

 

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