The USDA’s Farm Service Agency is now accepting nominations for local county committee members. County committee members make important decisions about how federal farm programs get administered on a local level. All of the nomination forms for the 2022 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by August 1. “it’s a priority for USDA to integrate equity into its decision-making and policymaking,” says FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “That starts with our local county committees.” He also says they’re looking for enthusiastic, diverse leaders willing to serve other agricultural producers. Ag producers who participate or cooperate in a USDA program and reside in the Local Administrative Area that’s up for election can be nominated for candidacy. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operations to FSA, even if they haven’t applied for or received program benefits. Nationwide, 7,000 people serve on various county committees.