FSA to mail corrected County Committee Election ballots
Houston County Courier
The Houston/Leon/Madison County FSA Committee Election ballots that were mailed to producers on Nov. 4 were incorrectly printed with the producer's name and address on the back of the ballot. County committee elections must use a secret ballot so the misprinted ballots cannot be used. Please destroy or recycle the misprinted ballot. If you have already voted, your ballot will be destroyed unopened. New ballots will be mailed to producers on Friday, Dec. 20. These ballots will indicate that they are the corrected ballot in several places, including on the outside of the mailing, on the ballot and on the outside of the return envelope. The corrected ballot must be returned to the Houston/ Leon/Madison County FSA Office or postmarked by Jan. 17. All newly elected county committee members will take office Feb. 18. All county committee members whose term expires on Dec. 31, 2013, will have their term extended to Jan. 31, 2014. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. To be an eligible voter, farmers and ranchers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm may also be eligible to vote. Houston/Leon/Madison LAA 1 candidates in this year's election are: Perry Corder resides in the Crockett/Porter Springs area where he raises Registered Angus, Commercial Brangus, and Commercial Brahman cattle. He also raises American Quarter Horses and Paint Horses. Corder graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Master's degree in agriculture. He has been farming and ranching since 1968. Corder is a member of the American Angus Cattle Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association and numerous other horse associations. Corder is willing to serve if elected. Ennis McKnight is a resident of Crockett. McKnight was raised on a family farm in the Lovelady area. He is a third generation farmer/ rancher and currently operates an Angus cow/calf operation and produces hay in the Lovelady community. McKnight is an active member of the St. Luke's Baptist Church. McKnight is willing to serve if elected. Houston/Leon/Madison LAA 7 candidates in this year's election are: Mary Pearl Adams resides in the Midway area and is a fourth generation farmer/rancher. Adams runs a cow calf operation on land that has been in her family for over 100 years. Adams is a member of the Small Farmers and Rancher Landowners of Texas Association and the Lacy Hill Church of Christ. Adams is willing to serve if elected. Zingara Manning resides in Madisonville. She runs a beef cow calf operation and produces hay in the Bedias community. She is a member of Farm Bureau. Manning is willing to serve if elected. Thomas Randy Bullard resides in Madisonville were he raises Brahman, Brangus and crossbred cattle. He produces his own hay as well as offers custom hay baling for producers in the community. Bullard has been farming and ranching for over 40 years. Bullard is willing to serve if elected. More information on county committees, such as the new 2013 fact sheet and brochures, can be found on the FSA website at www. fsa.usda.gov/elections or at a local USDA Service Center.