FSA Committee Election Ballots being mailed
According to Denesa Jolley of the Overton / Pickett County Farm Service Agency (FSA), County Committee election ballots for Local Administrative Area (LAA) 1 in Overton County and Local Administrative Area (LAA) 4 in Pickett County will be mailed to all known eligible producers directly from the printing office on Friday, Nov. 4th.
Overton County is divided into three “local administrative areas” giving Overton County farmers three representatives on the County Committee. One of these representatives is up for re-election every year. Pickett County is divided into two “local administrative areas” giving Pickett County farmers two representatives on the County Committee. Each member serves a 3-year term and can serve three consecutive terms before stepping down.
The election of agricultural producers to the FSA county committee is important to all farmers and ranchers.
“It is critical that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)”, Jolley said.
Farmers who serve on the county committee help with the decisions necessary to administer USDA programs in their counties. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers. The Overton / Pickett County Committee meets once every three months, with special called meetings as necessary to respond to unexpected situations such as natural disasters.
On June 15, 2011, the FSA began accepting nominating petitions from persons listed on FSA records as farm operators, owners, and/or tenants of land in LAA 1 and LAA 4. One person was nominated in LAA 1 and one person was nominated in LAA 4.
Rodney Hargis is nominated in LAA 1, Overton County, to serve as COC member for a 3-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Rodney Hargis resides in LAA 1, and has had a cow and calf operation of approximately 100 pairs for about 20 years. In addition, Rodney produces approximately 130 acres of soybeans and 50 acres of corn along with wheat and alfalfa for six years. He is a full time farmer.
Rodney is an active member of the Overton County Cattleman’s Association and serves as a board member. Rodney is willing to serve if elected.
Carey Garner is nominated in LAA 4, Pickett County, to serve as COC member for a 3-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Carey Garner resides in LAA 4, has produced beef cattle, hay and pasture for 30 years, also owns and operates four poultry houses. Carey is willing to serve if elected.
Agricultural producers of legal voting age in LAA 1 and LAA 4 may vote in the election. Voting eligibility is not limited by the size of a farming operation or the type of production. Any interested producer within the above area who does not receive a ballot should contact the local office to obtain one.
Ballots must be postmarked and returned to the Overton / Pickett County FSA office by Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Ballots will be counted at the local FSA office at 2530 Bradford-Hicks Drive in Livingston, on Friday, Dec. 9 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting to count ballots is open to be public. Anyone having questions about the FSA County Committee election process may call the office at (931) 823-5506, Ext. 2. Online information is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.