WASHINGTON — USDA Farm Service Agency has announced that 2013 FSA county committee elections began this week with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 2.
“The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government,” said Juan M. Garcia, FSA administrator.
County committee members provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs, conservation programs, incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities, emergency programs and eligibility.
To be an eligible voter, farmers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended Aug. 1.
Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can obtain ballots from their local USDA Service Center. More information can be found at atwww.fsa.usda.gov/elections or a local USDA Service Center.