Ascension, St. James Parish Farm Service Agency Committee Elections to begin; Producers to receive ballots week of Nov. 6

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

(Donaldsonville, LA), November 15, 2017 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Jamie Rodriguez in Ascension – St. James Parish announced that FSA will begin mailing ballots to eligible voters for the 2017 FSA county committee elections on Monday Nov. 6, 2017. Producers must return ballots to the Ascension – St. James Parish FSA office by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted.

County committee members play an important role in their communities and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA,” said Rodriguez.

This year, local administrative area 1-1 is up for election and the candidates in this year’s election are:

Robert “Bubba” Lemann is nominated for Ascension Parish, to serve as a committee member.

Lemann has produced Sugarcane & Soybeans for 23 years. He is an active member of Palo Alto Inc. and serves as President, Souvenir Inc. and serves as President & Lemann Farm Supply and serves as CFO.

Nearly 7,800 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 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 important decisions on its commodity support programs, conservation programs, indemnity and disaster programs, emergency programs and eligibility.

Producers must participate or cooperate in an FSA program to be eligible to vote in the county committee election. Approximately 1.9 million producers are currently eligible to vote. Farmers and ranchers who supervise and conduct the farming operations of an entire farm, but are not of legal voting age, also may be eligible to vote.

Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 6, 2017. Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot, making it more easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at the Ascension – St. James Parish FSA office.

Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2017. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2018.

For more information, visit the FSA website at You may also contact the Ascension – St. James Parish FSA office at (225) 473-8446 ext 2.

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