FSA reminds producers to vote in county committee election
Bill Bartenhagen, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Washington County, reminds eligible voters that the county committee elections are in progress. Ballots have been mailed and completed ballots must be returned by mail or delivered to the Washington FSA office by Dec. 3.
“By voting, producers have a voice in their local community since the county committee members play a huge role in the agency, especially at the county level,” said Bartenhagen. “County committee members make decisions on how federal farm programs will be administered locally,” he said.
Voters in Local Administrative Area No. 3, representing Clay, Brighton, Marion, Franklin and Washington townships received ballots for this year’s election and will be voting to elect a representative from this area.
County committee members are elected to office by their peers and serve as the representative voice for agriculture producers in the county and are responsible for communicating with USDA to ensure that national programs are adapted to fit local needs. County committees are responsible for making decisions on issues including commodity loans and payments, conservation programs, disaster assistance programs and emergency programs.
Farmers and ranchers who participate in FSA programs are eligible to vote. If eligible voters do not receive a ballot by mail, contact the Washington County FSA for a replacement ballot. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3. New county committee members will assume their role and related responsibilities on Jan. 1, 2013.
For more information on the County Committee election, please contact the Washington County FSA office at 319-653-2138 or go online at <www.fsa.usda.gov>.