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SADLER, TX -- Gene Deckard is a farmer and, technically, an elected official although he doesn't consider himself much of a politician. "To me all farmers are good," he said. "But not all politicians are good."

Deckard owns a 100-acre farm in Sadler and relies on funding from programs provided by the Farm Service Agency, or FSA, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"My wife and I, we're 90% of the labor force on our farm. We run all the machinery," Deckard said.

But Deckard also has a voice in how FSA programs are run as an elected member of the FSA County Committee. Soon, his seat will be up for grabs.

"I'm up for re-election and I don't know who's going to be running against me," he said. "It's hard to find a farmer to find the time, or willing to be on the committee.

Bert Darwin, executive director of the Grayson County FSA, says the County Committee has a three members from three different areas within the county.

"There's predominately agriculture throughout the whole county," Darwin said.

The Committee is made up of local farmers and ranchers. Monday, the Agency began accepting nominations for the County Committee seat located in an area north of Highway 82.

Nominations will be accepted through August 1. Voting will be held later this year.

"The benefit they get is having someone that represents them that knows them looking at yields, setting draught losses, disasters, all sorts of things that happens throughout our agency," Darwin said.

Eligible nominees must be of legal voting age, live in Area one -- north of Highway 82 in Grayson County -- and participate in an FSA Program.

Deckard says he feels obligated -- as a life-long farmer -- to participate so business for local farmers and ranchers can continue to grow.

For more information, visit fsa.usda.gov.