Nominations for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee will open Friday, June, 14, 2019. This committee makes decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.

According to a press release from the USDA, people can nominate themselves or others who participate in or cooperate with an FSA program for a seat on the committee.

“I encourage America’s farmers, ranchers and forest stewards to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their county committee,” said FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce. “There’s an increasing need for diverse representation, including underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and minority farmers and ranchers.”

The county committee’s voice has sway with how the FSA carries out disaster, conservation, commodity and price support programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

Those interested can visit an FSA office or USDA Service Center today to discover how to get involved in their county’s election. Duncan’s USDA Service Center is located at 3901 W Beech Ave.

More than 7,700 members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees nationwide, according to the press release. These committees are made up of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. and typically meet once a month.

Interested producers can visit fsa.usda.gov/elections for an FSA-669A form that must be filled out and received by the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2019, in order to be considered for the committee position.

Ballots will be sent to voters beginning Nov. 4, 2019.