Franklin County farmers and ranchers have a chance to ensure local input on federal farm programs by voting in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency county committee election by Dec. 2.
The county committee members, who serve three-year terms, are meant to ensure fair and equitable administration of FSA programs. Committee decisions affect program payments and producer appeals of agency determinations.
To be eligible to vote, producers must participate in any FSA program or have farm records on file with the agency and be of legal voting age, according to a news release.
Ballots were sent to eligible voters in local administrative area No. 2, which irrigated farmland south of Bellflower and Sheffield roads down to Pasco and irrigated farmland along the Pasco-Kahlotus Road up to McClenny Road.
Farmers and ranchers may submit ballots in person to the Franklin County FSA office or mail ballots to the office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 2.
For more info or ballots, contact the Franklin County Farm Service Agency office, at 1533 E Spokane St., in Pasco, at 509-545-8543, ext. 100.