Heirs’ property issues can be avoided through targeted outreach and access to legal resources. This access can be an effective catalyst to change the troubling trend of black land loss. Square O Consulting is partnering with a metro-Atlanta law firm in hopes to helping rural landowners in Georgia.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee.
According to USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Beauregard/Vernon County Executive Director David Vidrine, FSA will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, 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 loan price support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.
“County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation at the local level,” said Vidrine. “It is also important that committees are comprised of members who fairly represent the diverse demographics of production agriculture for their community. I encourage all producers, including women, minority and beginning farmers and ranchers, to participate in the nomination and election process.”
Nationwide, more than 7,700 dedicated farmers and ranchers serve 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. Organizations, including those representing beginning, women and minority producers, may also nominate candidates to better serve their communities. To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program and reside in the area where the election is being held.
This year, nominations and elections for Beauregard Parish will be held in local administrative area LAA3, which includes Wards 7 and 8 and Ward 3 East of Highway 171.
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, or from the Beauregard/Vernon Parish FSA office. All nomination forms for the 2018 election must be postmarked or received in the local FSA office by Aug. 1, 2018. Visit farmers.gov for more information.
Election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters beginning Nov. 5. Read more to learn about important election dates.
Georgia school systems interested in implementing a pilot program for elementary agricultural education have until June 30 to submit their applications.
The pilot program, authorized under Senate Bill 330 passed unanimously by the Georgia Legislature this year, will take the FFA education model into a minimum of six elementary schools. The state’s FFA program has 42,000 student members from middle schools and high schools around the state. The elementary school pilot program will last three years and will help determine whether and how elementary agriculture education can be implemented statewide.
The application can be found online at http://bit.ly/ElemFFAapplication.
For more information, contact Georgia Agricultural Education Program Manager Chip Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-8311.
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