Training County Committee members to properly and effectively carry out their roles and responsibilities is a foundational part of county office program delivery. Last fall, the FSA National Office asked NASCOE, along with the National Association of District Directors (NADD) to be part of a working group to revise the existing County Committee Orientation training material which was created in 2010. The group revised and updated the training material.
On October 16, 2020, national notice AO-1763 was issued. The notice released the newly created COC training material which the task force had developed. Further, the notice provided for the following:
- Mandatory use of the revised material by all States
- Requirement of States to continue to record the completion of training in Ag Learn
- Revised training materials
- Participant Guide
- PowerPoint presentation
- Materials located on the DAFO SharePoint site:
It is imperative newly elected and appointed COC members receive basic orientation and training as soon as possible after being elected. Although States were not instructed or given a timeline to have training complete, it is important for COC members to receive proper training to effectively carry out their respective roles and responsibilities, as well as understand the history and importance of the COC system.
NASCOE urges all county office staff (COC’s, CED’s and PT’s) to review the updated training material at upcoming COC meetings this year. Completing the training will help COC members reinforce an understanding of their responsibility to the county office, agency and farmers and ranchers in their respective counties.