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July 21, 2013

Farm briefs: July 21, 2013

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Producers also should visit their USDA Service Center to complete acreage reporting for FSA. Producers in Franklin County can visit the office at 151 Finney Boulevard, Malone, or call 483-2850, option 2. Clinton and Essex County producers should visit the office at 6064 Route 22, Plattsburgh or call 561-4616, option 2. For questions on this or any FSA program, producers should contact their FSA county office or seek information at www.fsa.usda.gov.

FSA County Committee nominations end Aug. 1

MALONE — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency County Executive Director Jennifer Bosley is reminding everyone that the nomination period for local FSA county committees is underway now through Thursday, Aug. 1.

All eligible farmers and ranchers are encouraged to participate in this year’s elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline. County committees are a vital link between the farm community and the U.S.D.A. and provide an opportunity to farmers and ranchers for their opinions and ideas to be heard.

To be eligible to serve on an 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 local administrative area in which the person is a candidate. This year in Franklin County, a representative of the towns of Burke and Chateaugay will be elected. In Clinton County, the area up for election includes the towns of Champlain and Mooers.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others, and organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form. The form and other information are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Elections will take place this fall.

While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm ownership or operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide, there are about 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.

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