Farris elected to Farm Service Agency committee

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Posted 12/24/19

Michael Don Farris of Madisonville will join the county committee for the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a recent election.

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Farris elected to Farm Service Agency committee

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Michael Don Farris of Madisonville will join the county committee for the Farm Service Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture after a recent election.

According to a press release from the FSA, Monte Jack Starns of Midway will serve as first alternate for the committee, which represents local administrative area LAA 7.

"County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA,” – Houston/Leon/Madison County Executive Director Kallie Lovelace said in the release. "They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers.

“All recently elected county committee members will take office in January 2020 and will be joining the existing committee.”

Other area residents elected to the county committee include Ennis McKnight of Crockett, with Kimberly R. Mims-Spellman of Crockett serving as first alternate.

FSA County Committees replaced the New Deal AAA Committees in the 1950s. Each year, approximately 2,500 county committee members are elected to three-year terms by their peers to help administer farm programs and services.

The FSA operates farm commodity loan and purchase programs, farm ownership and operating loans and the conservation reserve program. It also provides disaster assistance and administrative support to the Commodity Credit Corporation, which funds most of the commodity and export programs of the USDA. The FSA has 51 state offices and 2,124 county offices.

According to the release county committee members impact producers through their decision making and help shape the culture of a local FSA office. They also ensure the fair and equitable administration of FSA farm programs in their counties and are accountable to the Secretary of Agriculture.

Members conduct hearings and reviews as requested by the state committee, ensure underserved farmers, ranchers and foresters are fairly represented, make recommendations to the state committee on existing programs, monitor changes in farm programs and inform farmers of the purpose and provisions of FSA programs.

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