Joel Foster, Grant County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED, reminds farmers and ranchers the nomination period for local FSA county committees ends on Aug 1, 2018. County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice in federal farm program implementation. This year, elections will be held in LAA 2, which includes Alban, Big Stone, Grant Center, and Melrose townships.
To be eligible to serve on the FSA county committee, the nominee must participate or cooperate in an agency-administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election, and reside in the local administrative area (LAA) where they are nominated. Women, minority, and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate. Farmers and livestock producers may also nominate themselves.
Elected county committee members serve a three-year term and are responsible for making decisions on FSA disaster, conservation, commodity and price support, and other federal farm program issues. The Grant County FSA Committee currently has three elected members and one adviser: Mark Mueller, Lyle Zirbel, and Dustin Johnson; the adviser is Betty Frogner.
The form and more information about county committee elections are available online at: www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. 2018 nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Grant County FSA Office by the close of business on Aug. 1, 2018. For more information about county committees, contact the Grant County FSA office at 605-432-6570 Extension 2.