County FSA committee voting underway
The USDA began mailing ballots on Nov. 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections.
To be counted, ballots must be returned to the local FSA county office or postmarked by Dec. 2.
Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2020. County committee members help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.
Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Producers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.
Producers can find out if their local administrative area is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office. Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail can pick one up at their local FSA county office. Visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections for more information.