2011-06-23 / General Stories

USDA 2011 Committee Nomination and Election

Nominations for candidates to run for the Farm Service Agency County Committee election representing producers in Local Administrative Area #A, (Giddings and Serbin Communities) will be accepted from June 15 through August 1, 2011. Producers who are residents in the LAA holding the election and who participate or cooperate in an FSA program and are of legal voting age may be nominated to serve on the Lee County Committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as candidates. Also, organizations representing socially disadvantaged minorities and women farmers or ranchers may also nominate candidates. A nomination form, FSA-669A, may be picked up at the county office or downloaded from the FSA web site at http:// www.fsa.usda.gov. Procedure requires that there must be at least 2 nominees on the ballot.

Eligible voters can nominate as many candidates as they wish. To be valid, the nomination form must be signed by the person being nominated, indicating agreement to serve if elected, and returned to the FSA county office by the close of business on August 1, 2011, or postmarked by midnight August 1, 2011.

The County Committee election is held by mail. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning November 4, 2011, and must be returned to the FSA county office by the close of business on December 5, 2011, or postmarked by midnight December 5, 2011.

To hold office, a person must meet the basic eligibility criteria.

* Participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA

* Be eligible to vote in a County Committee election

* Reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate

* Not have been: o Removed or disqualified from the office of County Committee member, alternate or employee o Removed for cause from any public office or have been convicted of fraud, larceny, embezzlement or any other felony o Dishonorably discharged from any branch of the armed services.

Agricultural producers of legal voting age can vote if they participate or cooperate in any FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age but supervises and conducts the farming operations on an entire farm can also vote. No one can be denied the right to vote because of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital or family status.

An informational meeting is scheduled for July 6, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Lee County FSA Office, 791 West Austin Street, Giddings, Texas. This will be an informational meeting to promote and explain the COC nomination and election process and other general information on current issues as they relate to our county’s producers.

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