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County Committee Elections

The election of responsible agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to ALL farmers and ranchers with large or small operations. It is crucial that every eligible producer take part in this election because county committees are a direct link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Committee members are a critical component of the day-to-day operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level. Farmers who serve on committees help decide the kind of programs their counties will offer. They work to make FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

Please Read: Uniform Guidelines For Conducting Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections (Text 39 Bytes | PDF 66 KB)


Important Election Dates

June 15, 2022

The nomination period begins.

Aug. 1, 2022

Last day to file nomination forms at the local USDA Service Center. 

Nov. 7, 2022

Ballots mailed to eligible voters.

Dec. 5, 2022

Last day to return voted ballots to the USDA Service Center.

Jan. 1, 2023

Newly elected county committee members take office.


County Committees for Urban Agriculture

USDA has selected FSA County Committees focused on urban agriculture. The 17 county committees for urban agriculture are located in:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Richmond, Virginia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Oakland, California

The urban and suburban county committees will work to encourage and promote urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural production practices. Additionally, the county committees may address areas such as food access, community engagement, support of local activities to promote and encourage community compost, and food waste reduction.

The following urban and suburban county committees will hold elections this year: Phoenix, Atlanta, New Orleans, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Portland, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Richmond.  

USDA recently announced six new urban county committees in Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, and Oakland. Elections will be held for these locations at a later date.


2022 Election Materials

Nomination Forms

Fact Sheets

County Committee Elections - 2022

County Committee Elections - Eligibility to Vote and Hold Office - 2022

Urban County Committee Elections - 2022


County Committee Brochure

County Committee Brochure (PDF)


County Committee Tools for Stakeholders

Frequently Asked Questions

Poster/Flyer

Tribal Agricultural Landowner Voting Eligibility Poster


Tools to Promote Urban and Suburban County Committee Elections

Urban Agriculture County Committees Frequently Asked Questions

Poster/Flyer


In the News

July 27, 2022 - Ask the Expert: FSA County Committees Q&A with Marlene Werk

June 3, 2022 - USDA Advances Food System Transformation with $43 Million for Urban Agriculture and Innovation, Adds New Urban County Committees

June 15, 2022 - Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Nominations for Farmers and Ranchers to Serve on Local County Committees


2022 County Committee Member Spotlights

Thoune Hongphao - Hawaii
Lead Your FSA: A Veteran of Agriculture and Service

Marcia Hoplin - North Dakota
 
Lead Your FSA: A Learning Experience

Chris Naylor - North Carolina
Lead Your FSA: Generational Passion for Agriculture

Mike Beauchamp - Louisiana
Lead Your FSA: Empowering a Community with Urban Agriculture

John Litz - Tennessee
Lead Your FSA: A History of Public Service


Election Reports

2019 Election Results - (PDF, 2.24 MB)2010 Election Results - (PDF, 579 KB)
2018 Election Results - (PDF, 2.15 MB)2009 Election Results - (PDF, 643 KB)
2017 Election Results - (PDF, 2.12 MB)2008 Election Results - (PDF, 670 KB)
2016 Election Results - (PDF, 2.43 MB)2007 Election Results - (PDF, 629 KB)
2015 Election Results - (PDF, 1.69 MB)2006 Election Results - (PDF, 747 KB)
2014 Election Results - (PDF, 1.70 MB)2005 Election Results - (PDF, 698 KB)
2013 Election Results - (PDF, 1.92 MB)2004 Election Results - (PDF, 858 KB)
2012 Election Results - (PDF, 1.97 MB)2003 Election Results - (PDF, 822 KB)
2011 Election Results - (PDF, 1.72 MB)2002 Election Results - (PDF, 6.2 MB)