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July 9, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Early traffic, weather and community news for your day

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:

Traffic:

The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working on Rose St., Hart Drive, Eva Road and Bolte Road today; minimal interference with traffic expected.

Weather:

Today: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 84. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Best bets for today:

Cullman Products luncheon: Former employees and retirees will meet at 1 p.m. for a dutch treat luncheon at Johnny’s Barbecue, 1401 4th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Info: Carl Veigl at 256-734-9652.

Of note:

Cottage food law safety course: Alabama recently passed a cottage food law (SB159), which went into effect June 1. The new law allows anyone to sell nonhazardous foods made in the home directly to consumers, however, a food safety course is required.

There will be a Cottage Food Law Food Safety Course taught Thursday, July 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. To register, go to www.aces.edu/foodsafety/. The cost of this course is $25. A certificate will be presented upon passing a food safety test.

FSA holds County Committee election informational meeting: FSA is hosting an informational meeting regarding the 2014 County Committee Election process on July 10, the FSA Conference Room at 9 a.m. Producers, including minority, women, and beginning farmers, are encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in the FSA 2014 COC Election. Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should contact Kelvin Veal on 256-734-6471, or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339, and Kelvin.veal@al.usda.gov by July 8, 2014.

FSA’s county committee nomination period began on Sunday, June 15. All farmers and ranchers are urged to participate in this year's county committee elections by nominating candidates by the August 1 deadline.

For election purposes, counties are divided into local administrative areas (LAA). Each LAA nominates and elects one producer to serve a three-year term on the Farm Service Agency County Committee. Most counties are divided into three LAAs. Combined counties may have three to five LAAs.

Each year, an election is held in an LAA where a committee member’s three-year term is expiring. In counties with three LAAs, one seat is up for election. In combined counties, two seats may be up for election- this varies among counties. For 2014, an election will be held in LAA 1, which includes the communities of Fairview, Baileyton, and Holly Pond in Cullman County.

To be eligible to serve on an FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the LAA in which the person is a candidate.

Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Organizations representing minorities and women may also nominate candidates. To become a candidate, an eligible individual must sign the nomination form, FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections. Nomination forms for the 2014 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1, 2014. Elections will take place this fall.

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