Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers may nominate eligible candidates to serve on local Farm Service Agency county committees, announced Anna Boecker, County Executive Director the Tama County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Office.
"County committees play a vital role in the administration of federal farm programs and the
positive effect they have on rural communities," said Boecker.
FSA county committees make decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation
programs, disaster programs, employing county executive directors and other significant
To hold office as a county committee member, a person must participate or cooperate in a
program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in
the local administrative area (LAA) in which the person is a candidate, among other
requirements. For 2013, the LAA is Carlton, Columbia, Highland, Howard, Indian Village,
Richland and Tama-Toledo townships in Tama County.
Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Additionally, organizations
representing minorities and women may nominate candidates.
All nominees must sign nomination form FSA-669A, which includes a statement that the
nominee agrees to serve if elected. Form FSA-669A is available at USDA Service Centers and
online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2013 election must be
postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on August 1,
The county committee nomination period began June 17. Voting takes place in the fall. Ballots
will be mailed to eligible voters by November 4, 2013. The final day to return voted ballots to
the local USDA Service Center is December 2, 2013. Newly elected county committee members
take office January 1, 2014.
Become involved by nominating and voting in the local County Committee. For more
information on the County Committee election process, eligibility requirements, or other
programs administered by FSA contact your local county office or visit FSA on-line at: