This is my final reminder that enrollment for 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage ends Dec. 13. All producers that locked in for five years are still required to sign the contract and pay the $100 administration fee prior to this deadline. Producers that did not lock in have until this date to decide if they want to participate and at what coverage levels. Contact a FSA office to take care of this task.
    Voting is now open for the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency County Committee.
    It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA.
    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.
    County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture. This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf of their constituency.
    Underserved producers are beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers and landowners and/or operators who have limited resources. Other minority groups including Native American and Alaska natives; persons under the poverty level, and persons who have disabilities are also considered underserved.
     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.
    County committee election ballots were mailed to eligible voters Nov. 4. The last day to return completed ballots to a USDA service center is Dec. 2.
    For more information on eligibility to serve on FSA county committees, visit: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/elections.
    Farm Service Agency is an Equal Opportunity Lender. Complaints about discrimination should be sent to: Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Visit the Farm Service Agency Web site at: www.fsa.usda.gov/ for necessary application forms and updates on USDA programs.