U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Michigan reminds eligible voters for the 2017 FSA county committee elections that ballots must be returned to their county FSA office by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted.
Voters who did not receive ballots can pick one up at their local county FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2017.
County committee members play an important role in their communities and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA by applying their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.
More than 200 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices across Michigan. Each committee has three to six elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year.
To be eligible to vote in the county committee election, producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote. For more information, visit the FSA website.