LUMBERTON — The voting period for the Farm Service Agency County Committee began on Monday and agency members will have until Dec. 2 to place their vote.
Committee members will provide a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Giles Floyd, U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency County director. The committee helps deliver the agency’s programs, applying knowledge and judgment to make decisions on conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office on Jan. 1.
“The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” Floyd said. “New county committee members provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of disaster and conservation programs. With better participation in recent years, we have also seen promising increases in the number of women and minority candidates, helping to better represent the richness of American agriculture.”
To be an eligible voter, farmers must participate in the Farm Service Agency program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended on Aug. 1.