Elections for USDA’s Farm Service Agency underway (Keeping the Farm)
(Editor’s note: Nivin A. Elgohary is the state executive director for USDA Farm Service Agency in Virginia.)
It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because Farm Service Agency county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA.
The 2018 election in Virginia Counties will be conducted for the representative Local Administrative Area.
County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations.
Committees are designed to be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Virginia counties.
This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency.
Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and land owners and/or operators who have limited resources.
Other minority groups — including Native American and Alaska Natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities — are also considered underserved.
County committee election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5.
The last day to return completed ballots to the Virginia USDA service center is Dec. 3.
For more information on eligibility to serve on FSA county committees, visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
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