Morgan Limmer, SWA COAC Chairperson
Phil Morton, NWA COAC Chairperson
Mary Roberts, MWA COAC Chairperson
Charla Brannon, SEA COAC Chairperson
Laurien Thiboutot, NEA COAC Chairperson
By now, most of you have seen information such as “Did You Know?” Facebook posts and the Performance Management Fact Sheet distributed by the County Office Advocacy Committee (COAC), formerly the NAFEC Committee. The NAFEC Committee name change was approved by the Executive Committee at the Organizational Meeting in Savannah, Georgia in September.
NASCOE’s leadership has decided to chart a different course to focus our mission on education, protection, promotion, and enhancement of county office roles and authorities. With this change in focus, comes a new mission. The mission of the COAC is as follows: 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 while working independently, but cooperatively, with the National Association of Farmer-Elected Committees (NAFEC).
Although the mission and focus of the committee has changed and is still evolving, NASCOE will continue to work with NAFEC to preserve the importance of the county committee (COC) system and promote NAFEC membership. The Executive Committee has approved the duties and responsibilities of the COAC and these will be incorporated in the NASCOE Duties and Responsibilities Handbook soon. State associations are encouraged to review their respective bylaws, as they may require an amendment if standing committees are in place. We need all hands on deck and ask that every state president make sure their state has a state COAC chairperson in place.
COC elections are happening now and organizational meetings will take place in January. Please remember to visit with your COCs and stress the importance of NAFEC and encourage committee members to join NAFEC. We also urge county office employees to support the county committee system by become associate members of NAFEC. It’s only $20/year and is a great investment!
Please visit the County Office Advocacy Committee’s page at: https://nascoe.org/nafec/ to find the Performance Management Factsheet, as well as other important COAC and NAFEC information.