The 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections started Nov. 4, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices, or to be postmarked, is Dec. 2.

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 LAA 1 and 5, who do not receive a ballot can obtain one from their local USDA Service Center.

Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2020.

The candidate in this year’s election is:

Jerry Coldiron is nominated in LAA 5, Rowan County, to serve as a committee member for a 3-year term. Coldiron is willing to serve if elected. Coldiron resides in Morehead and has produced hay, corn, soybeans and cattle on his family farm for more than 30 years. He is an active member of Eastern KY Foothills Cattle Association and a past member of the County Facilitation Board in Rowan County.

More information on county committees, such as the new 2019 fact sheet, can be found on the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.

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