U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jim Corley in Yazoo County reminds farmers and landowners that FSA is hosting an informational meeting regarding the 2019 County Committee Election process on June 27, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at the USDA Service Center located 220 Wyeth Dr in Yazoo City. Producers, including minority, women, and new farmers, are encouraged to attend the meeting and participate in the 2019 election.
The county committee nomination period began June 14, 2019. Nomination forms must be postmarked or recieved in the Yazoo County FSA office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2019.
For election purposes, counties are divided into local administrative areas (LLA). Each LAA nominates and elects one producer to serve a three-year term on the FSA county committee.
Each year, an election is held in an LAA where a committee member’s three year term is expiring. For 2019, an election will be held in LAA 1, which includes the communities of Bentonia, Little Yazoo, Mechanicsburg, and Phoenix.
“Farmers and ranchers in LAA 1 are urged to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug 1, 2019, deadline, “said Corley. “County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.”
To be eligible to serve on and FSA county committee, 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 LAA in which the person is a candidate.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate the,selves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form.
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Jim Corley at 662-746-8358, ext. 2, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, by June 24, 2019.