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FSA encourages producers to serve on local county committees

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The US Department of Agriculture encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept applications beginning June 15.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day to day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

County committees make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve the needs of agriculture in their community. All eligible producers are strongly encouraged to visit their FSA office to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, female and minority farmers and ranchers.

Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated farmers and ranchers serving on FSA county committees, which consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed. Members serve three-year terms. Producers can nominate themselves or others. Check your local USDA service center to see if your local administrative area is up for election this year. Organizations, including those representing beginning, female and minority producers may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities.

To be eligible to serve on a county FSA committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is to be held. 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 www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be post marked or received in the local FSA office by August 1. Visit farmers.gov for more information. Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning November 5.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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