South Carolina FSA November 2015 Newsletter

November 2015

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South Carolina FSA Newsletter


South Carolina
Farm Service Agency

1927 Thurmond Mall, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803.806.3820
Fax: 855.563.9305

www.fsa.usda.gov/sc


State Committee:
Robert Battle, Chairperson
Warren Dixon
Mary Frances Koon
Don Sharp
Tom Trantham

State Executive Director:
W. Jack Nettles, Acting

Administrative Officer:
Toni Turner

Farm Programs Chief:
Amy Turner

Farm Loan Programs Chief:
Frank Sligh

 

Producers can contact their local FSA Office for more information or to schedule an appointment.

FSA County Committee Elections Have Begun

Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) began mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted.

Nearly 7,700 FSA County Committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 5 elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs; conservation programs; indemnity and disaster programs; emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.9 million producers are currently eligible to vote.  Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will began receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 9. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it more easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7, 2015. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.  You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office.  Visit http://offices.usda.gov to find an FSA office near you.