As we begin 2021, we continue to be faced with unprecedented times, which often make our job in the county office more difficult. We have been challenged to find new, innovative ways to reach our producers, carry out and meet program deadlines, as well as conduct COC meetings, in a safe and healthy manner.
COC meetings are considered mission critical and should continue to be conducted according to COVID-19 protocol either remotely or where feasible, in service centers or other suitable locations where proper social distancing can be achieved. As a reminder, according to 16-AO (Rev.3) paragraph 176 E, more than one-half of the members or alternates serving for them are required as a quorum to conduct official committee business. When official business is being conducted, COC members must be paid according to 27-PM. This requirement encompasses all types of meetings including in-person, teleconference or virtual.
When elected, COC members are given authority to carry out certain statutory and regulatory functions and responsibilities. The National Association of Farmer Elected Committees (NAFEC) has worked to compile various COC functions and responsibilities from federal statutes, federal regulations, and FSA handbooks in one document. A link to the compilation is located below. We encourage you to access this document for your reference and review.
NAFEC is an employee association for current and past COC and STC members. NAFEC’s mission is similar to the mission of NASCOE. Anyone who wants to support NAFEC can join as an associate member. More information about NAFEC can be found at https://www.nafecfsa.com/.
The NASCOE County Office Advocacy Committee works with NAFEC to protect, enhance, and provide continual education for the farmer-elected committee and county office system for the betterment of NASCOE’s membership, county office FSA employees, and the agricultural communities we serve. If you have any questions, please reach out to Morgan Limmer, County Office Advocacy Chairperson at .