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Farmers, ranchers to vote in county committee elections

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Farmers, ranchers to vote in county committee elections beginning Monday

Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the 2012 FSA county committee elections will begin on Monday with the mailing of ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to FSA offices is Dec. 3.

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Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week may obtain ballots from their USDA Service Center. Dec. 3 is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2013.

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 also may be eligible to vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate nominations during the nomination period, which ended Aug. 1.

While FSA county committees do not approve or deny farm operating loans, they make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms.

More information on county committees, such as the new 2012 fact sheet and brochures, may be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.

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