Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced that the 2011 FSA county committee elections will begin today with USDA mailing ballots to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 5, 2011.
Nelson stated that, “The role and input of our county committee members is more vital than ever at a time when our country faces important choices regarding the funding and operation of our government. New county committee members provide input and make important decisions on the local administration of disaster and conservation programs. With better participation in recent years, we have also seen promising increases in the number of women and minority candidates, helping to better represent the richness of American agriculture.”