The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mailed ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections. To be counted, ballots must be returned to your local FSA county office or postmarked by December 6.
County committee members help FSA make important decisions on commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.
The 2021 elections will be held in Local Administrative Area (LAA) 2, which includes the western townships of Grant County of Alban, Big Stone, Grant Center, and Melrose. Adam Pauli is the sole nominee on the ballot for LAA 2. However, voters may write-in eligible candidates who reside within LAA 2. Elected county committee members serve a three-year term.
The Grant County FSA Committee has three elected members and one adviser. The current elected members are Mark Mueller, Dustin Johnson, and Tyler Grabow. The adviser is Gail Barlund. Because Mark Mueller has reached his maximum of three terms, he is no longer eligible to be nominated from LAA 2.
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(s) but may not have applied or received FSA program benefits. Also, producers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, might be eligible to vote.
Are you an eligible voter, but did not receive a ballot? There’s still time to request one from your local FSA county office. Questions? Need more information about county committtees? Contact the Grant County FSA office at 605.432.6570 – Ext. 2 or visit www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.