San Luis Obispo County Farm Service Agency to Hold County Committee Election

July 19, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Brenda F. Estrada in San Luis Obispo County reminds farmers and landowners that FSA is holding a 2019 County Office Committee (COC) Election. Producers, including minority, women and new farmers, are encouraged to participate in the 2019 election.

The county committee nomination period began on June 14, 2019. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the San Luis Obispo County FSA office by close of business on Aug. 1, 2019.

For election purposes, counties are divided into local administrative areas (LAA). Each LAA nominates and elects one producer to serve a three-year term on the FSA county committee.

Each year, an election is held in an LAA where a committee member’s three-year term is expiring. For 2019, an election will be held in LAA 1, which includes: The Northern boundary-South side of Hwy 41 West. The Southern boundary-Santa Barbara County line.  The Western boundary-Pacific Coast line. The Eastern boundary-Hwy 101 from Atascadero to the Cuesta Ridge. The Cuesta ridge following to Pine Ridge to the Santa Barbara County Line. Cities include Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, Nipomo and Arroyo Grande.

“Farmers and ranchers in LAA 1 are urged to participate in this year’s county committee elections by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1, 2019, deadline,” said Estrada. “County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level.”

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women also may nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign an FSA-669A nomination form. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections is available at Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the local USDA service center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2019.

Nationwide, there are approximately 7,800 farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees. These individuals make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to 11 members who are elected by eligible producers.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Brenda F. Estrada at 805 434-0396, ext. 2, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, by Aug. 1, 2019.

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