Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections to Begin Monday, Nov.
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[November 22, 2014]
LINCOLN - USDA encourages farmers and
ranchers to make their voices heard by voting in the upcoming Farm
Service Agency (FSA) County Committee elections. Beginning Monday,
Nov. 3, 2014, USDA will mail ballots for the 2014 elections to
eligible producers across the country.
Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the
Dec. 1, 2014, deadline to ensure that their vote is counted.
FSA County Committee members provide an important link between
the local agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers
elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the
local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make
decisions on commodity support programs; conservation programs;
indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and
eligibility. County committees operate within official
regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers 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.
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Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week
may pick one up at their local USDA Service Center or FSA
office. The deadline to submit ballots is Dec. 1, 2014. Ballots
returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2014.
Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take
office Jan. 1, 2015.
More information on county committees, such as the new 2014 fact
sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at
You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.
Visit http://go.usa.gov/pYV3 to find an FSA office near you.
Please contact your local county FSA office with any questions
regarding this message.
[Mary S. Kirby - Public Affairs
Specialist - Illinois State FSA Office - Springfield]
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