USDA reminds farmers and ranchers to vote in Lyon County committee election

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country. To be counted, ballots must be returned to the Lyon County FSA office or postmarked by Dec. 4.

“FSA county committee members provide valuable knowledge and judgment as decisions are made about the services we provide, including disaster and safety-net programs,” said CED Celia Klein, county executive director for Lyon County. “Please take a few minutes to review your ballot and make your selection prior to the December 4 deadline.”

Each committee has from three to 11 elected members who serve three-year terms of office, and at least one seat is up for election each year for a certain Local Administrative Area (LAA). Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2024. Lyon County committee members help FSA make important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility. 

The following producer has been nominated and is running in the 2023 election in LAA #1, which includes Amiret, Custer, Lyons, Monroe, Rock Lake, Shelburne, and Sodus townships in Lyon County: Andy Meulebroeck.

Andy Meulebroeck is nominated to serve as a committee member for a 3-year term. Meulebroeck resides in Marshall and has produced corn, soybeans, and livestock for 18 years.

He is an active member of the Lyon County Corn and Soybean Growers and serves on the Board of Directors.

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 to FSA, even if they have not applied or received program benefits. Also, for county committee elections, producers who are not of legal voting age, but supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, are eligible to vote.

Producers can find out if their LAA is up for election and if they are eligible to vote by contacting their local FSA county office. Customers can locate their LAA through a new GIS locator tool available at fsa.usda.gov/elections. Eligible voters who do not receive a ballot in the mail can request one from the Lyon County FSA office at 1424 E College Drive, Suite 700, Marshall, MN 56258 or call (507) 537-1401 ext. 2.


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