Agricultural producers who participate or
cooperate in a USDA program, and reside in the LAA that is 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. 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.
Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated members of the
agricultural community serving on FSA county committees. The
committees can be composed of three to 5 members who serve
three-year terms. Producers serving on FSA county committees
play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the agency.
Committee members are vital to how FSA carries out disaster
programs, as well as conservation, commodity and price support
programs, county office employment and other agricultural
LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or
multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are
focused on an urban or suburban area.
Producers should contact their local FSA office today to
register and find out how to get involved in their county’s
election. They should check with their local USDA Service Center
to see if their LAA is up for election this year. To be
considered, a producer must be registered and sign an FSA-669A
nomination form or an FSA-669-A-3 for urban county committees.
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
November 1, 2021. To find your local USDA Service Center, visit
[Illinois Farm Service Agency]