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County committee voting begins
Ballots for this year’s county committee election were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 5. Voters must complete their ballots and return them to the Farm Service Agency county office by the close of business Dec. 3. If mailed, ballots must be postmarked by midnight Dec. 3.
The voter requirements: Persons meeting requirements in 1 or 2, plus 3, below, are eligible to vote:
1. Be of legal voting age and have an interest in a farm or ranch as any of the folowing:
An individual; The authorized representative of an entity; both spouses when property is owned jointly; spouses in community property states.
2. Is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations on an entire farm.
3. Participates or cooperates in any FSA program that is provided by law.

NAP coverage deadlines
Noninsured crop disaster applications are due at different times according to the crop being insured.
Producers should apply for Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage using form CCC-471 (Application for Coverage). Related service fees are due when the application is filed. The application and service fee must be filed by the crop sales closing date. Contact your local FSA office for the filing dates for your crops.
Acreage reporting has new deadline
All producers are reminded that the acreage reporting date for fall seeded crops has changed, beginning with the crop planted for 2013 harvest. The new deadlines are:
Dec. 15 - Fall barley, fall wheat, and all other fall-seeded small grains
Jan. 15 – Peaches
Producers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops  and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible.

Changing banks
Almost all Farm Service Agency payments are made electronically using direct deposit. To keep the system running smoothly, it’s critical to keep the county office staff up to date on changes you might make in your financial institutions.
If you have changed accounts or institutions that might affect the direct deposit of your FSA payments, contact the FSA county office so we can update our files to insure continued uninterrupted service.