The U.S. Department of Agriculture is mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers in western Loudoun County for the 2017 Farm Service Agency county committee elections.
“County committee members play an indispensable role in our efforts to provide assistance to producers,” said FSA Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “They provide local input as decisions are made about the services we provide, including disaster and emergency programs. I strongly encourage all eligible producers to cast a vote for a candidate that brings expertise and a diverse perspective to their local committee.”
This year’s candidates for the County Committee in western Loudoun County are: Sam Grant (incumbent), a Purcellville beef cattle, swine and hay producer; and Emily Coryell, a Purcellville hops, fruits and vegetable grower.
To ensure their votes are counted, producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4. The Fauquier-Loudoun-Prince William-Fairfax FSA County Committee has four elected members who serve three-year terms of office. One-third of county committee seats are up for election each year. County committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to help FSA make decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, and emergency programs and eligibility.