OXFORD – Gary Raymond, county executive director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Oxford County, has asked farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers to vote in agency county committee elections by Monday, Dec. 4, the deadline for casting ballots.

“FSA county committees provide producers with the opportunity to help implement federal farm programs in their communities,” said Raymond. “It is vital that all farmers and ranchers, especially women and minorities, participate in the elections process to ensure the opinions expressed in committee meetings reflect an area’s agricultural sector.”

Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by the close of business on Dec. 4. Newly elected committee members and alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2007.

FSA county committees help administer federal farm programs at the local level. Committee members make decisions on conservation programs, commodity price support loans and payments, disaster assistance payments and other agricultural issues. Committees consist of three to five elected members who serve three-year terms.

For more information about elections, visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/elections/Default.asp.

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