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Monday, April 30, 2012

Local adminstrative area (LAA)) 2

nominees needed

It's that time of year again to nominate a candidate for a position on the County Committee.

In Saline County, this year's election will be held in LAA 2 which includes Grand Pass, Marshall, and Miami Townships.

This position is currently held by Dale Miles of Marshall.

Nomination forms are available at the county office and online at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Candidates can nominate themselves or be nominated by other farmers in LAA 2.

The nomination period ends August 1, 2012.

Candidate Eligibility

To be a candidate, a person must meet each of the following eligibility requirements:

--Participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA

--Be eligible to vote in a county committee election

--Reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate

The candidate also must not have been:

--Removed or disqualified from the office of county committee member, alternate, or employee

--Removed for cause from any public office or have been convicted of fraud, larceny, embezzlement, or any other felony

--Dishonorably discharged from any branch of the armed services.

Voter Eligibility

A person who participates or cooperates in any USDA FSA program is eligible to vote as long as that person

--is of legal voting age and has an interest in a farm as an individual or the authorized representative of an entity

--or is not of legal voting age but supervises and conducts the farming operation of an entire farm.

Voting eligibility is not limited to by the size of the farming operation or type of production.

Women, minority, and beginning farmers are all encouraged to participate in the County Committee election process as a voter and a candidate.

Ballots will be mailed to eligible LAA2 voters on November 5 to be returned to the county office by December 3.

The candidate with the most votes will begin his or her three-year term on January 1, 2013.

Farmers serving farmers

County committees help deliver FSA programs in their local farming communities.

Operating under official regulations for federal farm programs, committee members use their judgment, experience, and knowledge when making local decisions regarding:

--Producer appeals

--Commodity price support loans and payments

--Conservation programs

--Hiring CEDs

Incentive, indemnity, and disaster payments for commodities

--Other farm disaster assistance.

Committee members are local agricultural producers responsible for the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture.

If elected, you become part of local decision-making that helps deliver many FSA programs.