The nomination period for local FSA county committees ends on August 1. This year, nominations and elections will be held in the western portion of Grant County in the townships of Blooming Valley, Farmington, Kilborn, Lura, Mazeppa, Osceola, and Twin Brooks.
Joel Foster, executive director of the Grant County FSA says, “According to FSA, county committees are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA and allow grassroots input and location administration of federal farm programs. Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community have been elected by their peers to serve on FSA county committees. Nowhere else in the federal government do citizen stakeholders play such a substantial and meaningful role in the delivery of federal programs.”
To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person 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. The Grant County FSA Committee is made up of three members who serve three-year terms. The current elected members are Tyler Grabow, Adam Pauli, and Gail Barlund.Farmers and livestock producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Organizations representing minority and women farmers and ranchers may also nominate candidates. All producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in the nomination and election process.
To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and more information about county committee elections is available online at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Grant County FSA office by close of business on August 1, 2023.
Questions? Contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570, ext. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.