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Monday, December 30, 2013

COC election ballots

Corrected County Committee ballots have been mailed to eligible voters in Local Administrative Area (LAA) 3 which includes Blackwater, Elmwood, Liberty and Salt Pond Townships in Saline County.

The ballots must be returned or postmarked by Jan. 17. Don't forget to sign the address label on the Ballot Return Envelope.

If you were expecting a ballot and did not receive one, contact the FSA office before Jan. 17.

The election of agricultural producers to FSA county committees is important to all farmers and ranchers, whether beginning or long-established with large or small operations.

It is crucial that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and USDA.

County committee members are a critical component of the operations of FSA. They help deliver FSA farm programs at the local level.

Farmers and ranchers who serve on county committees help with the decisions necessary to administer the programs in their counties.

They work to ensure FSA agricultural programs serve the needs of local producers.

County committees provide local input on:

-- Commodity price support loans and payments

-- Conservation programs

-- Incentive, indemnity and disaster payments for certain commodities

-- Emergency programs

-- Payment eligibility

FSA county committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. County committee members apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions.

Ballots will be counted on Jan. 23 starting at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

Ballots will be counted at the former MoDOT building on the east end of the parking lot due to the office building being under renovation.

The candidates for LAA 3 in Saline County are Donald Boland, Chris Livengood and William Paxton.

The candidate receiving the most votes will start his three-year term on Feb. 18.

Reporting wheat and hay/graze acres

The deadline for reporting 2014 hay and pasture was Nov. 15 and the deadline to report 2014 wheat acres was Dec. 15.

This is a reminder that the late-filing fee is waived until Jan. 15, so there is still time to file your report without paying a late-fee.

Contact your local FSA office to see if appointments are needed.

Holiday hours

The office will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 1, for New Year's Day.

The office will open at regular hours on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Have a safe and happy New Year.