Ballots for the 2012 Farm Service Agency county committee elections will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5.
The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 3.
To be an eligible voter, farmers and producers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs.
A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote.
Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer.
Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot can obtain ballots at their local USDA Service Center.
Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 3.
Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues.
Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2013.
For more information about FSA county committees and FSA programs, visit www.fsa.usda.gov.