This year local farmers have been nominated to hold a seat with the Farm Service Agency committee.
The Farm Service Agency committee is an agency of the USDA that administers federal farm programs and loans to farmers. The county committee acts as a local board of directors for the agency. Nominees include Lower Valley farmers Brad Bonny, Chad Castle, Lino Guerra and Rick Nading.
Castle elected not to comment on the coming election. Castle is a local farmer with nearly 30 years of corn, wheat, alfalfa and grape farming experience. He has also been on the board for the Yakima County Farm Bureau.
Guerra, a farmer north of Sunnyside, has owned a farm with range land for nearly eight years. He has served as a member of the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Community Economic Development Board.
Guerra says if it's important to the community, it's important to him.
"I'm just grateful the community nominated me," he added.
Bonny has farmed near Sunnyside for more than 20 years with grape and cherry production. He has also been a member of the Washington State Farm Bureau's Yakima County board and the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo board.
Nading has produced silage corn for 35 years, alfalfa hay for 18 years and has also farmed high moisture corn and mint for eight years. Nading has been a member of the Bleyhl Farm Co-Op for nearly 32 years.
Both Nading and Bonny were unavailable for comment before press time.
The Farm Service Agency urges voters that ballots must be returned or postmarked by Monday, Dec. 5.
Candidates selected for the committee will serve a three-year term. Producers in the area will elect a county committee person and two alternates for this term.
Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot can call (509) 454-5746 ext. 2.