The primary purpose of the National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) is, and will always be, to promote and improve the farmer elected committee system for the local administration of farm programs. The coordinated effort will give us strength, and much more influence in Congress for the kind of farm program America’s farmer, ranchers and rural communities need in order to survive.”
NAFEC was organized in 1965 and our mission has not changed from then to the present. We are dedicated to retaining, improving and strengthening the county committee system of program delivery. With the long-running and continued onslaught of different factions in Washington, D.C. seeking to eliminate the County Committees (COC), our mission has become more difficult, but we will prevail.
County Committees provide the spark and imagination as well as the local judgment needed in adopting and administering FSA programs. COCs have earned the confidence of their neighbors by doing an educated, capable, vigorous and dedicated job. There have been numerous attempts to strip the COCs of their statutory authority, on the issues of supervision, selection of the County Executive Directors (CED) and virtually every aspect of the jurisdiction. NAFEC has always been a tireless advocate to protect COC authority, written by Congress in legislation and in the Code of Federal Regulations.
NAFEC has worked with the United States Congress and the administration to provide fairness for county committees and the employees in the FSA offices. NAFEC has worked diligently for years to keep the county offices open. If we fail at this endeavor, the country’s farmers and the integrity of the agency and its programs will be the big losers. Many seasoned, professional FSA employees will not be allowed to stay with the agency and county committees will cease to exist. Although NAFEC has not always been successful in every attempt they have undertaken, we have won the friendship of many within the Congress and the executive branch through their continued efforts to promote the interests of the American farmers and ranchers. Our association has played a role in shaping several farm bills and expects to do the same in the future.