The U.S. Department of Agriculture has started mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the Oxford County FSA office, 17 Olson Road, Suite #1, South Paris, ME 04281, or postmarked by Dec. 5, according to a news release from Laurie Thiboutot, county executive director for Oxford County.

“FSA county committee members provide valuable knowledge and judgment as decisions are made about the services we provide, including disaster and safety-net programs,” said Thiboutot. “Please take a few minutes to review your ballot and make your selection prior to the Dec. 5 deadline.”

Each committee has from three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office, and at least one seat is up for election each year for a certain Local Administrative Area. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1. Oxford County committee members help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.

The nominees up for election in LAA 1, which includes Byron, Roxbury, Andover, Newry, Bethel, Hanover, Rumford, Mexico, Dixfield, Canton, Greenwood, Woodstock, Milton Township, and Gilead in Oxford County are Sue Billings and John Carter.

Billings is nominated to re-serve as a committee member for a three-year term. Billings resides in Milton Township and has produced multiples kind of produce along with owning beef and lamb. Billings has also played a big part of 4H for several years. She also is co-owner of Lloyds Farmstand and Greenhouse located in Rumford.

Carter also has been nominated to serve as a committee member for a three-year term. Carter resides in Bethel as the owner of Middle Intervale Farm. He and his family are seventh-generation farmers who produce many types of vegetables, fruits, and pick your own flowers. He also raises grass fed beef and pork and had many head of dairy cattle for a number of years.


Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. A cooperating producer is someone who has provided information about their farming or ranching operation but may not have applied or received FSA program benefits. Also, for county committee elections, producers who are not of legal voting age, but supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, are eligible to vote.

Producers can find out if their LAA is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from their local FSA county office. For more information, visit



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