Farm Progress

Make your voice heard and cast a vote for county committee members.

November 28, 2017

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MAKE YOUR CHOICE: Missouri farmers and ranchers choose their representatives on the local FSA committees.vesmil/iStock/Thinkstock

USDA Farm Service Agency county committee election ballots have been mailed and producers have until Dec. 4 to return their ballots to local FSA offices.

County committee members represent the farmers and ranchers in Missouri communities. Producers elected to these committees play a vital role in helping FSA better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers.

Nearly 7,700 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. 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. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs, and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers received their ballots the week of Nov. 6. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. Voters who did not receive a ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1.

For more information, visit FSA. You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.

Source: USDA FSA

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