County Committee System
1. Whereas the Federal Crop Insurance Act of 1994 amended the procedures for county committee elections therefore let it be resolved that no administrative decision conflict with or alter the intent of congress.
2. Be it resolved that NAFEC supports equal opportunity in all aspects of the FSA system. We believe that the election process for FSA committees tends to promote these ideals but would support any adjustments which would improve its EEO and outreach capabilities. We believe that any discrimination occurring within any FSA function should be sternly and vigorously dealt with.
3. NAFEC believes that local FSA committee authority is critically important to an efficient administrative system for farm and loan programs.
4. NAFEC supports the use of CCC funds to be used for the expense of overtime and temporary employees to deliver Farm Bill and other ad hoc programs.
5. NAFEC supports cross-training for all FSA employees.
6. NAFEC renews its support for the concept of One Stop Shopping at USDA Farm Service Centers, which includes Farm Service Agency, Risk Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Rural Development.
7. Whereas County Committee members have interaction with farmers, the committee members need to know their responsibilities and their authority in regard to farm programs, diversified subjects and situations, therefore be it resolved that each state budget allocates funds for a statewide orientation for county committee members.
8. NAFEC strongly opposes any attempt to “direct reassign” County Office Employees under the County Committee’s authority unless the losing county, the gaining county and the employee are all in agreement.
9. Be it resolved that NAFEC supports budgeting based upon the actual work, required by statute, to be delivered through the County Committee delivery system.
10. NAFEC supports the National Association of State and County Office employees (NASCOE) efforts to protect the rights and benefits of County office Employees and keep them on an equal footing with federal employees.
11. Be it resolved that: For the purpose of budgeting, COC salary and expenses should have its own line item under the permanent employees category rather than within the temporary employees category.
12. As we have County Committees in every FSA office in the United States and they are elected by the producers in each county, therefore, it is imperative that the County Committees be represented by NAFEC and have input in any decision to close or combine any county FSA office and furthermore NAFEC should sit on any task force that undertakes the closures and combinations of offices.
13. Be it resolved that the COC shall be the supervisor of the CED and conduct the annual CED review.
14. Be it resolved that all Homeland Security issues related to farming, ranching or other agriculture be assigned to FSA.
15. Be it resolved that permanent employees of FSA including County Committees be paid from program funds.
16. Be it resolved that NAFEC supports an appeals process whereby a County Committee may appeal to Deputy Administrator for Field Operations (DAFO) and/or Deputy Administrator Farm Programs (DAFP) when that committee believes a reversal by the State Committee needs further review.
17. Whereas FSA County Committees are elected committees, accountable to their constituents, not political appointees. Be it resolved that any established at large committee seat by the United States Secretary of Agriculture would require election by the eligible voters of that county or area to have signature authority, voting rights on that committee, and subsequent liability.
1. NAFEC supports the concept of a Farm Safety Net through effective farm programs administered by the Farm Service Agency.
2. Be it resolved that the County Committee should be informed on all programs within the county or area. This should be accomplished at each regular meeting of the COC.
3. NAFEC supports the timely filing of crop reports for all FSA programs and recommends that FSA be the only collection agency for all program data.
4. NAFEC opposes the double standard of imposing payment limitations on farmers while permitting unlimited government payments to multinational exporting companies.
5. NAFEC supports a Federal/State joint viability program that assists farmers under stress to improve their farms and ability to provide positive cash flow to allow the continued operation of the family farm. This program can help diversify by assisting in capital costs of building, equipment and other items.
Federal Crop Insurance
1. Be it resolved that FSA have greater authority in administering the Federal Crop Insurance Program. NAFEC recommends that FSA be in control of crop insurance yield determinations, acreage certifications and review of loss determinations.
2. NAFEC supports uniform Risk Management programs, which provide effective protection for farmers without excessive costs to government and with compliance oversight by FSA.
3. NAFEC supports ensuring that FSA be fully compensated for that NAFEC all time and expense expended by FSA County Office Employees for crop insurance compliance.
1. NAFEC supports legislation that would establish a Federal tax credit for commodities donated from gleaning and recovery efforts.
1. NAFEC supports the continuation of the CRP administered by the FSA Agency.
2. Be it resolved all the conservation and forestry programs be administered by FSA and the COC system.
3. NAFEC supports the planting of grasses or other perennial crops along stream buffer areas as a means to reduce nutrient loading in soils and water.
4. NAFEC supports allowing producers with CRP riparian contracts to mow or flash graze acreage one time per year after the nesting season is over in their local area. This practice will help to alleviate some wildfire dangers.
1. NAFEC supports the effort of mandated “Country of Origin” labeling.
2. In all trade related matters, USDA should work for policies that enhance exports of, and eliminate restrictions against, all U.S. agricultural commodities and value added agricultural products.
3. Be it resolved that the Secretary of Agriculture and the Justice Department should work to close loopholes in tariff rate quota structure allowing companies to import unlimited amount of product and reformulating to avoid legal definitions.
1. NAFEC supports the concept of a “user fee” for information compiled by FSA but used by other companies such as crop insurance companies and credit agencies.
2. In order to reward austerity, agencies should not have their budgets negatively affected by “carry over”.
3. Administrative offsets from program funds for an USDA agency should not exceed 10% without the price notification and concurrence of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees with proper justification.
4. NAFEC supports the COC having final authority of leasing adequate office space.
5. Whereas there is a move to privatize and outsource activities of the United States Department of Agriculture. Be it resolved NAFEC supports efforts to protect USDA from privatization.
6. Whereas NASCOE made the North Carolina convention such a success, be it resolved that NAFEC would like to thank them for the help they gave to us to make it a success for our association.