Farm Service Agency seeks new voters |

Farm Service Agency seeks new voters

Staff Report

Nominations will be open in October for the Farm Service Agency Douglas, Carson, Alpine Inyo and Mono county committees.

The Farm Service Agency’s farmer-elected committee system is the operator’s direct voice in the day-to-day workings of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to Harvey Neill of the Farm Service Agency in Gardnerville.

Many farmers and ranchers may be unaware of the expanded eligibility system, Neill added. All members of a family-owned farm or partnership are eligible to vote, even though the ranch or farm may be listed under just one name with the committee.

“Everybody involved in the operation is eligible,” he said. “On our list we only have the operation or one name listed, but other members of the family or partnership or entity could become involved.”

The USDA is seeking out people who represent a more diverse group, such as women operators, spouses of farmers and ranchers and those just starting out, small producers or those who produce specialty crops.

The elections will be held in December.

To secure a ballot for the coming committee elections, call the USDA FArm Service Agency at 782-3661, or stop by the office at 1528 Highway 395 N. Suite 100-B, Gardnerville 89410.