FSA members have until Dec. 4 to return County Committee ballots

Indiana Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Steven E. Brown reminds eligible farmers that they have until Dec. 4 to return their ballots in the 2017 County Committee elections.

In Huntington County, the ballots should be returned to the Huntington Service Center, 2040 Ri-verfork Drive West, Huntington, IN 46750.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year.

County committee me-mbers apply their know-ledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Farmers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. Voters who did not receive a ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018.