The Department of Agriculture began mailing ballots for the FSA county and urban county committee elections this week.  Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas for these committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.


"Voting in these elections is your opportunity to help ensure our county committees reflect the diversity of our agriculture," said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.


Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election.  A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation but may not have applied or received FSA program benefits.  Producers who are not of legal voting age but supervise and conduct farming operations for an entire farm are eligible to vote in these elections.


Producers and landowners must return ballots to their local FSA county office or have their ballots  postmarked by December 5th, in order for those ballots to be counted.


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