The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local Farm Service Agency county office is Monday, Dec. 4. According to state FSA officials, the last day for voters to submit ballots in person is Dec. 4. The elections started on Nov. 3.
"The county committee system allows producers to make important decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs," says State FSA Director Ben Brancel. "I urge all eligible farmers and ranchers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and vote in this year's elections."
Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote.
Eligible voters who have not received a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan.1.