THE COUNTY Farm Service Agency Committee election for Local Administrative Area (LAA) 3 will be held this year on Dec. 1. Eligible voters have the right to nominate the candidate(s) of their choice. Nomination forms may be obtained at the Belmont/Monroe County FSA Office or from the website www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
Each form submitted must be limited to one nominee; signed by the nominee, indicating a willingness to serve if elected; and postmarked or delivered to the County FSA office no later than Aug. 1.
Any nominee should be currently engaged in the operation of a farm or ranch and be well-qualified for committee work. The election this year is for LAA 3, which includes Monroe County townships of Seneca, Summit, Center, Franklin and Wayne.
A producer is eligible to be a County FSA Committee member if the producer lives in the LAA up for election and is an eligible voter. It is emphasized that County FSA Committee members may not hold positions in certain farm and commodity organizations if these positions pose a conflict of interest with FSA duties. These positions include functional offices such as president, vice president, secretary and positions on boards or executive committees. Additional information of eligibility to hold office may be obtained at the County FSA Office.
The duties of County FSA Committee members include:
In determining the boundaries of the LAA's, County Committees must consider several factors, including the number of farms in each LAA, types of farming in each area, local political subdivisions, fair representation of socially disadvantaged producers and geographical conditions such as soil types, crop diversity and others.
The local administrative areas for the Belmont/Monroe County Committee elections are:
LAA 1: Monroe County townships of Malaga, Sunsbury, Switzerland, Adams and Salem.
LAA 2: Monroe County townships of Green, Ohio, Lee, Jackson, Perry, Benton, Washington and Bethel.
LAA 3: Monroe County townships of Seneca, Summit, Center, Wayne and Franklin.
LAA 4: Belmont County townships of Warren, Flushing, Kirkwood, Union, Wheeling, Richland, Colerain, Pease and Pultney.
LAA 5: Goshen, Smith, Mead, Somerset, Wayne, Washington and York.
For more information about FSA elections and other programs, contact the Belmont/Monroe FSA office at 740-425-2300 or toll-free from the 740 area code at 800-818-7645. More information is also available on FSA's website at: www.fsa.usda. gov.