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USDA Urges Voters to Participate

(1/7/14) Julie Dokkestul, Jackson County Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency urges farmers and other agricultural producers to vote in the FSA county committee election by January 17, 2014, the deadline for casting ballots.

"FSA county committees provide producers with the opportunity to help implement federal farm programs in our communities," said Dokkestul. "It is important that all farmers, especially women and minorities, participate in the election process to ensure the opinions expressed in committee meetings reflect Jackson County's agricultural needs and concerns."

Producers must return ballots to the Jackson County FSA offices by the close of business on January 17. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office February 18, 2014.

FSA county committees consist of three elected members who help administer federal farm programs at the local level. Committees make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility, and other agricultural issues.

For more information about FSA county committee elections, visit





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