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USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on June 15. County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs, county office employment and other agricultural issues.  Members serve three-year terms. Nationwide there are over 7,700 farmer and ranchers serving on FSA county committees.

Deadline Coming Up to Sign-Up for Funds for Gypsy Moth Damaged Forests
The staff of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds eligible forest land owners that the deadline to sign-up for funding for trees affected by severe Gypsy Moth damage is June 16, 2017. (NOTE: This opportunity is for forest land and not individual yard trees.)  This sign-up is for accelerated practice implementation. Eligible practices may include Forest Stand Improvement (666) and Forest Trails and Landings (655). Other supporting practices may be considered. Although a complete forest management plan is not necessary, an inventory of the forest’s damaged area, a rating of the severity, and a cutting plan for oak and other tree regeneration are required. The plan should clearly list or otherwise document the criteria used to affirm Gypsy Moth damage. All other program eligibility rules apply. Begin by filling out eligibility forms. Once you qualify, ensure your application is submitted to your local NRCS office by June 16.