• FSA committee ballots being reissued

    by  • November 27, 2013 • News

    The USDA Farm Service Agency announced that the Marion County committee election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4, 2013,  were incorrectly printed with the producer’s name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot.

    if you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened. New ballots will be mailed to producers on Dec. 20, 2013. These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope.

    The corrected ballot must be returned to the Marion County FSA office or postmarked by Jan. 14, 2014. All newly elected county committee members will take office Feb. 18, 2014. All county committee members whose term expires on Dec.r 31, 2013, will have their term extended to Jan. 31, 2014.

    County committee members are an important component of the operation of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and.

    Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs;

    Conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws.