WALPOLE – Farmers and ranchers have until Monday, Aug. 2, to nominate candidates to serve on the Cheshire-Sullivan County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Committee. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) accepts nominations each year in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAAs) for individuals to serve on these locally led committees.

“The Aug. 2 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Kelsey Hamilton, executive director for FSA in Cheshire-Sullivan County. “Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency and are vital to how FSA carries out disaster programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support programs. This is your opportunity to have a say in how federal programs are delivered in our county.”

This year, Cheshire-Sullivan County is accepting nominations for LAA 3, which includes Acworth, Alstead, Langdon, Marlow, and Walpole as well as LAA 4 which includes Gilsum, Harrisville, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, and Westmoreland. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in a USDA program, and reside in the LAA up for election this year, may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation to FSA, even if they have not applied or received program benefits.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the agricultural community serve on FSA county committees. The committees are made up of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms. Individuals may nominate themselves or others and qualifying organizations may also nominate candidates. USDA encourages minority producers, women and beginning farmers or ranchers to nominate, vote, and hold office.

Producers should contact the Cheshire-Sullivan County FSA office on how to get involved. To be considered, a producer must sign a FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 1, 2021.

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