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County committee nominations are now open

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency has began accepting nominations for county committee members.

Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas for members who make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally. All nomination forms for the 2020 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1.

Producers have been asked to contact local FSA offices to find out how to get involved in elections. To see if a LAA is up for election, contact the local USDA service center. To be considered, a producer must sign an 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. 2.

Deadline drawing near for federal farm programs

Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2020 must do so by June 30.

All producers must sign a 2020 enrollment contract to be covered.

“The Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs are critical safety-net programs for farmers, helping producers weather market distortions resulting from natural disasters, trade disruptions and, this year, a pandemic,” said Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce. “Contact your FSA county office today to complete enrollment before June 30. This can be done in concert with filing your acreage report and applying for other FSA programs.”

ARC and PLC contracts can be mailed or emailed to FSA or, arrangements can be made in advance with FSA to drop off signed contracts. Call ahead for local drop-off and other options available for submitting signed contracts electronically. The phone number is 814-627-1624.

Corn, soybeans and about 20 other crops can be covered.

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