Farmers and ranchers across the country will soon be receiving ballots from the USDA to vote for local Farm Service Agency county committee members. The department will begin mailing ballots November 4th. FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said, “the agency values local input of the over 7,000 members nationwide who provide their valuable knowledge and judgment as decisions are made.” County committee members help FSA make decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs. Producers must participate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election and do not have to be of legal voting age. They just must supervise or operate a farm. Anyone who is interested in knowing if their local administrative areas are up for election or want to know other eligibility requirements need to contact their local FSA office. Ballots must be returned to the local county office or post-marked by December 2nd. Once members are elected, they serve for three terms in office and would take office in January.

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