Election ballots for the Cannon County Farm Service Agency’s local committee election have been mailed to all eligible voters in Local Administrative Area # 2. Ballots must be completed and returned in person or postmarked no later than December 7, 2009. The Committee will meet December 7 to canvass, tabulate, and elect a committee person to represent farmers in Local Administrative Area # 2 of Cannon County (LAA map posted in FSA County Office), currently represented by County Committee Member Charlie Brown.
The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA’s programs here in Cannon County. Members of the committee work with area farmers to maintain the local focus on many USDA programs, inform people of what’s available, and help producers understand how the programs work. “Committee members work to help shape national programs into working local programs,” says Donny Green, County Executive Director of the Cannon County Farm Service Agency.
Charlie Brown was nominated as a candidate and will be the only the candidate listed on the ballot. Write-in nominations are accepted and should be written on the official ballot. All candidates must meet eligibility requirements to hold the office on the Committee.
Once eligible voters receive their ballots, careful attention should be given to the instructions provided on the ballot that outline proper procedures for voting in this election. Voters can vote for only 1 nominee listed, or can write-in only 1 eligible candidate on the ballot. Voted ballots can be mailed back to the Cannon County FSA, or can be hand delivered to the FSA.
All ballots must be returned, or postmarked, by December 7 in order to be considered valid. Ballots will be opened and tabulated in a public meeting at the Cannon County USDA Service Center, located at 740 Old McMinnville Rd. in Woodbury, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7. Contact the Cannon County FSA office at 563-54321, ext. 2 for more information.