The Hagstrom Report

Agriculture News As It Happens


FSA releases office closure hearing dates, faces pressure

As the Farm Service Agency released a schedule of dates for hearings on plans to close county offices around the country, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, sent Agriculture Secretary Vilsack a letter this week asking him to provide a rationale for the closure of offices in Ohio and an assurance that farmers would continue to get the same level of service.

In a letter Thursday, Brown noted that he had co-authored a provision in the 2008 farm bill that placed a two-year moratorium on closure or relocation of county offices and a public process by which offices would be considered for closure.

Brown noted that offices within 20 miles of another FSA office were exempted, as was relocation within the same county.