The County Committee Election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4 were incorrectly printed with the producers name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot. If you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened.
New ballots will be mailed to producers on December 20, 2013. These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope.
The corrected ballot must be returned to your local County FSA office or postmarked by January 17, 2014. All newly elected county committee members will take office February 18, 2014. All county committee members whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2013, will have their term extended to January 31, 2014.
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.
More information on county committees, such as the new 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.
Producers can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits by accurately and timely reporting all crops and land uses, including failed acreage. Please pay close attention to the acreage reporting dates below, as some dates have changed for 2014.
The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Missouri. Crops reported after this date will be considered late filed and producers charged a late file fee for each farm.
November 15, 2013: Pasture, rangeland, forage and apiculture
• (Note: for 2014 only, late filed fees have been waived up to January 15th, 2014. Acreage reported after this date will be considered late filed and a late file fee will be due)
December 15, 2013: Fall Barley, Fall Wheat and all other Fall-Seeded Small Grains-Reports will be accepted through Dec. 16th as the 15th falls on a Sunday.
• (Note: for 2014 only, late filed fees have been waived up to January 15, 2014. Acreage reported after this date will be considered late filed and a late file fee will be due.)
January 15, 2014: Apples, Grapes, Peaches
May 15, 2014: Spring Oats and Potatoes
July 15, 2014: Burley Tobacco, Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Hybrid Corn Seed, Popcorn, Rice, Soybeans and all other crops, including CRP.
The following exceptions apply to the above acreage reporting dates:
• If the crop has not been planted by the above reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.
• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.
• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15th.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy holders should note that the acreage reporting date for NAP covered crops is the earlier of the dates listed above or 15 calendar days before grazing or harvesting of the crop begins.
For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact your local county FSA office.