11/29/2018 - Elections for USDA's Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Delaware/Sullivan County Committee is underway.
It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and USDA. The 2018 election in Delaware/Sullivan County will be conducted for the representative Local Administrative Area (LAA): LAA # 2: Towns of Delhi, Colchester, Franklin, Hamden and Meredith. Also LAA #5: Towns of Callicoon, Liberty, Fallsburg, Thompson, Bethel, Forestburgh and Mamakating.
County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Delaware/Sullivan County. This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency.
Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and land owners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska Natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons that have disabilities are also considered underserved.
County committee election ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on Nov. 5, 2018. The last day to return completed ballots to the Delaware/Sullivan County USDA service center is Dec. 3, 2018.