The race is on! It’s time once again for USDA’s Farm Service Agency county committee elections. Now is the time to choose farmers, ranchers, and foresters like you to serve on your locally-elected committee.
“We need to be involved on the ground level and be a voice for our fellow producers,” said Rantz Smith, a member of the Gilchrist County, Florida, Farm Service Agency County Committee.
Each year, the Farm Service Agency accepts nominations for a certain local administrative area. This area rotates each year, so not every producer will receive a ballot. If your area happens to be up for election this year, then you will receive a ballot.
“County committees are vital because they bridge the gap between the agricultural programs that FSA offers and the farmers that benefit from the programs,” said Katie Molodich, member of the Wyndham County, Connecticut, Farm Service Agency County Committee.
The week of November 4, all eligible voters were mailed a ballot for their local county committee. If you were expecting to receive a ballot, and did not get one, don’t fret! Contact your local Farm Service Agency and we’ll ensure you get a replacement ballot if necessary.
You must participate or cooperate in a Farm Service Agency program to be eligible to vote. If you are not of legal voting age but supervise and conduct the farming operation of an entire farm, you may also be eligible to vote. View our factsheet on voter eligibility.
Time is counting down for you to cast your ballots! Ballots must be dropped off at your local Farm Service Agency office, or postmarked no later than, Dec. 2, 2019.
We’re counting on you! Vote today for the candidate you’d like to see represent your area on your local Farm Service Agency county committee.
USDA offers a variety of risk management, disaster assistance, loan, and conservation programs to help agricultural producers in the United States weather ups and downs in the market and recover from natural disasters as well as invest in improvements to their operations. Learn about additional programs.
For more information about USDA programs and services, contact your local USDA service center.