The 2013 Farm Service Agency County committee elections began on Nov. 4, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to the local FSA office is Dec. 2.

The candidate in this year’s election is Ruth Beymer, nominated in local administrative area No.1, Jefferson County, to serve as a committee member. Beymer resides in Warm Springs and produces livestock.  

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

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.

To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote.

Eligible voters in local administrative area 1 who do not receive ballots in the coming week can obtain ballots from their local USDA Service Center in Redmond.

Dec. 2, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to local USDA Service Centers. Ballots returned by mail must also be postmarked no later than Dec. 2. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2014.

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