Farm Service Agency County Committee nomination period begins
The USDA announced the start of the nomination period for West Routt and Jackson County committee members for the Farm Service Agency County Committee will begin Monday.
Vice Chair Medora Fralick is the outgoing representative from the Hayden Area, and Pat VanValkenburg is up for re-election for Jackson County.
As a member of the FSA County Committee, elected members will make decisions on disaster and conversation programs, emergency programs, commodity price-support loan programs and other pertinent agricultural issues. Members are not involved in reviewing farm ownership or operating loans.
Members serve three year teams.
Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or their peers. Organizations representing minorities or women involved in agriculture may also nominate candidates. To be eligible to serve on the Routt County FSA Committee, a nominee must participate or cooperate in an FSA program, be eligible to vote in the Routt County Committee election and reside in Routt County.
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Nominations must be received by the Routt County Committee or postmarked no later than Aug. 3. Balloting for the election will begin Nov. 9 and end Dec. 7.
Currently, Kathy Duncan, of North Routt; Fralick, of West Routt; Patricia Schalnus, of South Routt; VanValkenburg, of Jackson County; and Mark Davision, of Grand and Summit counties serve on the committee.
Nominees are required to sign an FSA-669A nomination form.
To access the nomination form, visit fsa.usda.gov/elections. For more information about the county committee, call the FSA county office at 970-879-3225, ext. 2.
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