Farmer-elected committees raise questions about shutdown
The National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) has written a letter to Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce asking why the County Office Committees cannot function during the shutdown like county employees.
The NAFEC is a nonprofit organization composed of and led by the elected farmers who run each of the county Agriculture Department FSA offices that make decisions on who qualifies for farm subsidies,
In the letter, the organization noted that the county committees are the supervisors of the county executive directors.
“The county committee is the only part of the government that is ground driven,” said NAFEC President Craig Turner. “The rest of the U.S. government is driven from the top down.”