Donny Green, County Executive Director of the DeKalb/Cannon County Farm Service Agency, announced that the 2012 FSA county committee elections are underway as ballots were mailed to eligible voters in Local Administrative Area # 1 on November 5th. December 3rd, 2012, is the deadline for eligible voters to return ballots, either post marked in the mail or delivered in person, to their local FSA offices.
"The FSA county committee system is unique among government agencies, because it allows producers to make important decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs," said Green. "I urge all eligible farmers and ranchers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year's elections."
Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer.
Eligible voters in Local Administrative Area # 1 who do not receive a ballot can obtain a ballot at their local USDA Service Center. December 3rd, 2012, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than December 3rd. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office January 1st, 2013.
For more information about FSA county committees and FSA programs, visit: http://www.fsa.usda.gov.