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Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4.

November 10, 2017

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LOCAL INPUT: County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions for its various programs.

The USDA Farm Service Agency in Michigan will begin mailing ballots to eligible voters for the 2017 FSA county committee elections this week. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4.

County committee members play an important role in their communities and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA.

To be eligible to vote in the county committee election, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. 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.

FSA has modified the ballot, making it more easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local County FSA office.

Over 200 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices statewide. Each committee has three to six 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.

For more information, visit the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/elections.

Source: FSA

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