COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Farm Service Agency county committee elections began Nov. 6 and eligible voters must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4 to ensure that their vote is counted. Producers who have not received their ballot can pick one up at their local FSA office.
Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018.
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 members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs and emergency programs and eligibility.
Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.5 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and producers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.
— USDA Ohio Farm Service Agency