Missouri Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Brent Hampy announced Tuesday that the United States Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots to eligible agricultural producers next Monday, November 5th for the 2018 FSA county committee elections.
Hampy said county committee members represent farmers, ranchers, and foresters. He added that producers elected to the committees play a vital role in local agricultural decisions and help the FSA better understand the needs of the farmers and ranchers the agency serves.
Nearly 7,700 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year.
The committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help the FSA make decisions about commodity support, conservation, indemnity, disaster, and emergency programs as well as eligibility.
Hampy noted producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct farming operations of an entire farm but are not of legal voting age may also be eligible to vote.
The ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. Voters who do not receive a ballot can pick up one at their local FSA office. Ballots must be postmarked or returned to an FSA office by December 3rd.
Newly elected committee members will take office on January 1st, 2019.