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Ballots mailed for County Committee elections; deadline to vote Dec. 6

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Ballots mailed for County Committee elections; deadline to vote Dec. 6 Ballots mailed for County Committee elections; deadline to vote Dec. 6

Ballots for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections have been mailed to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the Harrison/Floyd/Crawford County FSA office or be postmarked by Monday, Dec. 6.

“FSA county committee members provide valuable knowledge and judgment as decisions are made about the services we provide, including disaster and safety-net programs,” said CED Jennifer Anderson, county executive director for Harrison/Floyd/Crawford County. “Please take a few minutes to review your ballot and make your selection prior to the Dec. 6 deadline.”

Each committee has from three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office, and at least one seat is up for election each year for a certain Local Administrative Area. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1. County committee members help FSA make decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs and emergency programs and eligibility.

The nominee up for election in LAA 2, which includes Blue River, Jackson, Morgan and Spencer and townships in Harrison County, is Richard Book of Palmyra. He has produced corn and soybeans for 10 years.

The nominee up for election in LAA 4, which includes Boone, Heth, Posey, Taylor, Washington and Webster townships in Harrison County, is Jennifer Lattire. A resident of Elizabeth, Lattire has produced corn and soybeans and raised cattle for 30 years.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation but may not have applied or received FSA program benefits. Also, for County Committee elections, producers who are not of legal voting age but supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm are eligible to vote.

Producers can find out if their LAA is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office.

Eligible voters who did not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from their local FSA county office. Visit fsa.usda.gov/elections for more information.

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