The USDA will begin mailing ballots this week for the Farm Service Agency county and urban county committee elections. Ballots will go to all eligible agricultural producers and private landowners across the country.
Elections are occurring in certain Local Administrative Areas for those committee members who make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally.
Producers and landowners must return their ballots to their local FSA county office or have their ballots postmarked by December 4 to be counted.
“In order for county committees to be effective, they must truly represent all who are producing,” says FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux.
Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Each committee has from three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms, and at least one seat representing a Local Administrative Area is up for election each year.