Farm Service Agency County Committee
Elections: Vote by January 17 Deadline
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive
Director, Val Dolcini, is reminding farmers, ranchers and other agricultural
producers that the deadline to return completed ballots for the Farm Service Agency County Committee
Elections is this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. Eligible voters who have
not received a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center. Ballots
returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Jan. 17.
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. Agricultural producers in each county
submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended on
County committee members are an important
component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the 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 price support programs; conservation programs;
incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency
programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations
designed to carry out federal laws.
Close to 7,700 FSA
county committee members serve in the 2,124 FSA offices nationwide. Each
committee consists of three to 11 members who serve three-year terms.
Approximately one-third of county committee seats are up for election each
year. More information on county committees, such as the 2013 fact sheet and
brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at
a local USDA Service Center.
Labels: California Ag News, USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Election Deadline January 17