Agriculture: In Brief

Farm Aid

BRISTOW — Virginians can keep rocking in the free world as Farm Aid, the iconic beneficiary concert for small-scale and family farmers, will be coming back to Virginia this September.

Festival founder and outlaw country legend Willie Nelson will headline the daylong concert Sept. 17 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia. Other prominent acts will include Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds and the Alabama Shakes.

This will be the first time Farm Aid in Virginia since 2000, when Crosby Stills, Nash & Young and The Barenaked Ladies played in Bristow.

According to the Farm Aid website, the organization has raised more than $50 million since 1985 to help family farmers throughout the country.

Tickets go on sale for the concert at 10 a.m. Monday. Prices range from $49.50 to $189.50.


FSA nominations

The nomination period for the Shenandoah, Frederick, Clarke and Warren Farm Service Agency County Committee opened recently and will be remain open until Aug. 1.

FSA Council Committees are designed to allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program implementation on the local level. To be eligible to serve, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency-administered program and live in the area within which they would serve.

Producers may nominate themselves or others as candidates. To become a nominee, eligible individuals need to sign form FSA-669A, which can be found on the FSA website. Nomination forms are available online or at the FSA office.

Elected county committee members will serve for three years, and will handle issues on behalf of the FSA including, disasters, conservation agriculture, business and price support programs.

Each county community will consist of between three and 11 members.

The FSA will deliver ballots to eligible voters by mail beginning Nov. 7. Ballots are due either by mail or in person by Dec. 5. All new committee members will take office beginning Jan. 1.

– Daily Staff Report