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St. Croix County committee voting deadline nears

Bob Forrest, executive director of the St. Croix County Farm Service Agency, urges farmers and other agricultural producers to vote in the FSA county committee election by Dec. 5, the deadline for casting ballots.

The St. Croix County Committee 2011 election is for Local Administrative Area 3 which includes the townships of Baldwin, Cady, Eau Galle, Hammond, Pleasant Valley, Rush River and Springfield.

"FSA county committees provide producers with the opportunity to help implement federal farm programs in their communities," said Forrest. "It is important that all farmers and ranchers, especially women and minorities, participate in the elections process to ensure the opinions expressed in committee meetings reflect an area's agricultural needs and concerns."

Producers must return ballots to the St. Croix FSA offices by the close of business on Dec. 5. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2012.

The St. Croix FSA county committees consist of three elected members who help administer federal farm programs at the local level. Committees make decisions on conservation programs; commodity price support loans and payments; disaster assistance payments; and other agricultural issues.