The deadline to submit ballots for the USDA Farm Service Agency 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote.
Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13 to return ballots to their local Farm Service Agency offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local Farm Service Agency office.
Farm Service Agency has modified the ballot, making it easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 13.
Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2017.
Nearly 7,700 Farm Service Agency County Committee members serve agency offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office.
County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help Farm Service Agency make important decisions on its commodity support, conservation, indemnity, disaster and emergency programs.
Producers must participate or cooperate in a Farm Service Agency program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election.